Sunday afternoon, Las Vegas hit an official temperature reading of 116 degrees which is the first time in 73 years that a day in June has been that hot, tying the record temperature for June set back in 1940.
The official station for Las Vegas near McCarran International Airport recorded the temperature as the mercury rose to the 116 degree mark around 2:30 p.m. It came within two degrees of setting the record high temperature for the area since official Las Vegas weather records began back in 1937.
On Sunday, seven more people had to be hospitalized throughout the Las Vegas Valley which brought the total number of people hospitalized just this weekend for heat related injuries to 28.
The Las Vegas Fire Department reported that they had already responded to 15 heat related calls from Saturday at midnight until 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The victims of the heat ranged in age from 20 to 67, with the majority of them between the ages of 30 and 50.
Many of the victims were suffering from heat exhaustion, with several of the victims showing signs of heat stroke. Thankfully however, none of the symptoms were life-threatening and all of the victims have since recovered.
As the current heat wave continues to bake Las Vegas, Fire and Rescue responders say they are well prepared to handle even the most serious calls.
Since June 28th, the 9-1-1 switchboard has received 78 calls reporting heat related illnesses which have so far led to the hospitalization of 28 people.
The original forecast called for some isolated thunderstorms in the region on Sunday with the record tying high temperature expected to reach 116 degrees later in the afternoon. The highest recorded temperature in Las Vegas is 117 degrees, set back on July 24, 1942 and tied on July 19, 2005.
Close to record high temperatures are expected to continue through Thursday for the Las Vegas Valley, with temperatures forecasted to range between 111 and 116 degrees.