In this undated image, the sun shines through a tree at Sunset Park. (File/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Las Vegas officially hit 100 degrees for the first time this year at 1:40 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
While 100-degree temps aren't uncommon in Southern Nevada, the first one of the year serves as a reminder of the dangers the summer heat can bring.
FOX5 Morning Weather Anchor Cassandra Jones said the mercury would top out right at 100 degrees in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon, while locations south and east of the city could see temperatures exceed the century mark.
Jones said another 100-degree day is forecast for Las Vegas on Saturday.
"With triple-digit temperatures upon us, it's important to remind residents that it's very easy for adults, and especially children, to become dehydrated in our desert heat," said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington. "To enjoy our warm weather and avoid heat-related health problems, drink more water than usual and seek shaded or cool areas during the heat of the day."
Washington also suggested dressing in lightweight and light-colored clothing and wearing sunscreen with a high SPF.
People who begin to heavily sweat, become pale, suffer muscle cramps or feel dizzy may be suffering from a heat-related illness, Washington said. He said people should carry mobile phones with them in case they need to call for help.
Pets should be provided plenty of shade and access to water when they're outside, Washington said.
Washington said it's never safe to leave children or pets in unattended vehicles, where temperatures can climb to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes.
Jones said temperatures should fall back to more average temperatures by early next week.
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