weather icon Clear

Temperature climbs to triple digits after reprieve

After experiencing a cooler than normal July, temperatures are forecast to be on their way up.

According to the National Weather Service, the average high temperature in Pahrump during July was 100.7 degrees through Tuesday, a slight departure from the normal high average temperature of 104.3 for the month.

Temperatures are forecast to be around the 102 to 106 range the next several days, seeing a return to, and above, the average high temperature in town of 104 degrees.

The cooler temperatures this month can be attributed to a weather system that is usually in place not being as strong as in a normal year.

"We had a lot of storms around the area which gave us quite a bit of cloud cover a number of the days, which kept highs on some days down pretty low," National Weather Service meteorologist Caleb Steele said. "Also, the high (pressure) that is usually in control of the Southwest wasn't really as strong and as far west and south, so we actually didn't get up into the 110s at all."

There is a chance that the monsoonal moisture makes a return to town this weekend, which if precipitation occurs, will keep the high temperatures down a few degrees.

"We have some moisture headed up here for the weekend," Steele said. "Nothing record breaking or anything associated with a tropical system or anything, just a regular monsoon push. There will likely be some showers and cloud cover in the area at some point this weekend."

Steele said that the best chances for rain in the area will be in the higher elevations, but the chance of valley rain is possible.

For the year Pahrump is at 2.38 inches of rain, which is right around the normal amount for this time.

Looking ahead to August, Steele said forecasts point to around normal temperatures, with a slightly higher than average chance of precipitation throughout the month as the monsoonal flow continues.

The weather service recommends drinking plenty of water and for those planning on being outdoors to use sunscreen. Also, limiting the use of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages; wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing; and wearing a shirt and hat at all times.

Homeless, the elderly, children and those who already have health issues are the most at-risk during peak hours of the day.

Do not leave children or pets in cars, as even leaving them in a hot car for a few minutes could prove to be hazardous or even fatal.


GALLERY: Celebrating the lives of lost loved ones

Butterflies are a symbol of transformation and one of the most transformative things a person can experience is the death of someone they love.

Local families invited to Community Baby Shower

Raising a child can be hard. That’s something the members of Pahrump Mothers Corner understand all too well. In an effort to ease the challenges of parenthood, particularly for new and expecting families, this group of local moms banded together to host a Community Baby Shower and the event proved to be very popular, leading to its return for the third year running.

Tonopah to be home to experimental hypersonic testing facility

Ambitious. It’s an apt word to describe Michael Grace’s vision for the future of his company, Longshot Space Technology Corporation, which, if all goes to plan, will build what he calls the world’s largest potato gun.

Pahrump man arrested for elder abuse

A Pahrump man wanted by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of elder abuse was arrested while attempting to purchase multiple vehicles at a Las Vegas car dealership, according to authorities.

Nye sheriff explains why you shouldn’t flee from the law

A man suspected of driving a stolen vehicle out of Las Vegas led Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a high-speed pursuit into Pahrump on Monday morning, April 15.

Amargosa veterans honored with their own Quilts of Valor ceremony

The Nye County Valor Quilters are on a mission — to cover local veterans in the comfort of healing Quilts of Valor to honor the service and sacrifices they’ve made in the name of freedom – and now, these talented artists have started to expand their reach outside of the Pahrump Valley.

Vehicle in garage destroyed by fire

No serious injuries were reported after fire gutted a vehicle inside the garage of a home along the 2400 block of Zuni Avenue on Wednesday, April 10.

Need a good laugh? Join in a night of hilarious scholarship fundraising

Promising a “laugh-your-ass-off” night of hilarity and musical diversion, Sanders Family Winery is all set to host the Kiwanis Club of the Pahrump Valley Scholarship Fundraiser and its sure to be an amusing time for all involved.

$6.2M allocated to 10 projects

Nye County has earmarked about $6.2 million of its $12 million in Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund (LATCF) grant dollars for a total of 10 projects throughout the county.