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13 cooling stations to open as heat wave begins

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

With temperatures forecast to climb to near-record levels this weekend, officials said they will open cooling stations to help keep people cool and hydrated.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for locations below 6,000 feet beginning Friday morning and lasting until Monday night.

Forecasters said temperatures are expected to range between 114 and 117 degrees during the weekend in the Las Vegas area, nearing the hottest temperature ever recorded in Las Vegas of 117 degrees in 1942.

The mercury may climb to 125 degrees along the Colorado River, according to forecasters. They said temperatures in Death Valley may reach 129 degrees.

The nights will not bring much relief since temperatures will not drop below 90 degrees in the urban areas, according to forecasters.

Stacey Welling, representative for Clark County, said 13 cooling stations will be open during the heat wave. A list of the stations can be found at helphopehome.org or by calling 211.

Forecasters said children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are usually the first to suffer from the heat. They said people should check on those who may be at risk of heat-related illness.

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