Breaking Heat Records

Isabella Medina, Advertising Manager

Each year as the temperature increases, records have been breaking here in Las Vegas with rising heat temperatures in the summer months.

“The valley is in the middle of an extended August heat wave which has broken a few records. The region is under an excessive heat warning through Wednesday,” Alex Chhith said in the Las Vegas Review Journal on August 16.

Over the years, mainly in summer, the heat gets intense and can be considered a great time to be swimming or have fun in the sun, but as the years pass by, the heat and the temperature has increased by a few degrees across the globe, breaking records in several places including Las Vegas. Annually, records have been broken, getting hotter and hotter. Only one of the records that haven’t been broken was on July 24, 1942 with 117 degrees. This year’s hottest temperature yet was on August 15, with 113 degrees.

According to the National Weather Service,“Saturday’s high topped out at 113 degrees, tying the record for the day and for the hottest day of 2020, according to the National Weather Service,” Chhith said in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The reason that Las Vegas gets hot is that Vegas lies within the Mojave Desert, and with several factors affecting the temperature, such as humidity and weather, there’s low humidity in the summer. According to a weather and climate website called Weatherandclimate.com, the average percentage of humidity for Las Vegas is 31.0% with June having the lowest humidity.

“The average normal high temperature for this time of year is 102 degrees,” the 8 News Now staff reported on August 14th, “but new heat records are expected to be set at a time when the Las Vegas Valley is unusually dry.”