After enjoying temperatures in the 90s during much of last week into Labor Day weekend, a warm-up bringing above-average temperatures is on its way.
A stretch of 100-degree days began Tuesday and is expected to run through Sunday bringing temperatures as high as 106 degrees this week.
Jim Harrison, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Las Vegas, explained a weather system that has been just outside of the area will make its way over the Pahrump Valley.
“There is a large area of high pressure that’s been centered over West Texas and New Mexico and it’s moving more northwest, moving it more overhead,” Harrison said. “It will position itself over Nevada by Thursday afternoon and it’s going to sit there Friday into Saturday.”
Temperatures are forecast to be up to seven to eight degrees above normal, reaching 103 degrees Wednesday, 104 degrees Thursday, 106 degrees Friday, 105 degrees Saturday and 100 Sunday.
The return of chances of monsoonal moisture will bring cooler temperatures at the beginning of the week for the area.
“It looks like it will cool down because we’re expecting some moisture to come in,” Harrison said. “Once the high pressure weakened, it’s going to allow moisture to come up from what is currently Hurricane Linda, which is off the tip of Baja, Mexico.”
At the moment, the weather service is being conservative in their forecasting of moisture, giving a 20 percent chance each day, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. But if things come together as some forecast models are suggesting, they could raise the percentage of moisture higher as the system moves closer.
“If the trend that we’re seeing in a couple of the models continues, we’ll probably be bumping those chances for rain up,” Harrison said. “But for now just slight chances for Pahrump.”
Although the above-average temps are just under what would warrant an excessive heat warning for this time of the year, the National Weather Service still urges residents to take precautions during the peak hours of the day.
Do not leave children or pets in cars, as even leaving them in a hot car for just a few minutes could prove to be hazardous or even fatal.Thirty children in the United States died in 2014 as result of being left in a hot car, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service recommends limiting use of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages; wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing; and wearing a shirt, hat and sunscreen at all times.