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Vegas heat wave could spell hottest summer in years

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Bus riders braved triple digit heat in Las Vegas Thursday, and said waiting for the bus felt like it took forever.

"I'm feeling sticky, sweating and very hot," said Cathy Stevenson who rides the bus.

"It's awfully muggy," said Austin Edwards who rides the bus. "It's too hot to be out. I think transportation should be free, because it's so hot."

Stevenson doesn't remember the weather being this bad in Las Vegas, for quite sometime.

"I don't remember it, especially in the first part of June," said Stevenson. "This is awful, and I hear we have extreme heat to come."

According to the National Weather Service, the last time the Valley hit 117 degrees was in July 2005.

"It's pretty unusual, Las Vegas has only hit 115 or hotter 51 times since records started in 1937," said Chris Stachelski of the National Weather Service.

Stachelski said an unusual high pressure system is the reason. He said the hot temperatures are arriving sooner, and staying longer in the day.

"This June is looking right, now it could have the potential to be one of the warmest Junes on record, if not the warmest," said Stachelski.

Pool cleaner David Dietzel called the weather a blessing, and a curse.

"Once the summer months come, business booms," said Dietzel of Summerlin Pool and Spa Service."But it can be brutal. The air conditioning went out in my truck, and it's so hot."

Locals said the best thing to do to beat the heat is to stay hydrated, and stay inside.

"Once I get home, there's air conditioning," said Stevenson. "I'll be there the entire day."

 

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