Las Vegas cooling centers open amid heat warning

Additional cooling stations were activated Thursday as an extreme heat warning began in the Las Vegas Valley, where high temperatures are expected to climb into the 110s. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for most of Southern Nevada from Thursday until Monday.

According to FOX5 morning weathercaster Cassandra Jones, temperatures will climb to near 110 degrees in Las Vegas through Friday. By the weekend, high temperatures of 112 degrees are forecast. Outside the Las Vegas area, temperatures will climb to 118 degrees in the Colorado River Valley, 127 degrees in Death Valley, CA, and 105 degrees in Kingman, AZ.

With that in mind, officials opened cooling shelters across the area for the homeless. The locations are:

  • Catholic Charities – 1511 N. Las Vegas Blvd., open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for only men
  • The Salvation Army – 33 W. Owens Ave., open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., for only adults
  • The Shade Tree – 1 W. Owens Ave., open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., for only women and children

On Thursday, HELP of Southern Nevada activated additional daytime cooling centers for area residents at the following locations, open only Thursday through Saturday and on Monday:

  • Walnut Recreation Center* - 3075 N. Walnut Road, open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
  • Pearson Community Center* - 1625 West Carey Avenue, open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Stupak Community Center - 251 West Boston Avenue, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Dula Gymnasium - 441 East Bonanza Road, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
  • Hollywood Recreation Center* - 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd., open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Cambridge Recreation Center* - 3930 Cambridge Street, open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
  • Whitney Ranch Recreation Center - 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson, open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Valley View Recreation Center - 500 Harris Street, Henderson, open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

These locations were also listed to be open Thursday through Monday:

  • Veterans Village - 1150 Las Vegas Blvd. South, open 24 hours a day
  • Islamic Society of Nevada - 4730 East Desert Inn Rd., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day

Experts urged anyone who must be outside during the heat to drink plenty of water, seek as much shade as possible and wear light-weight, light-colored clothing. Residents were also encouraged to check on their elderly relatives and neighbors. Long-term forecast models show a slight decrease in the heat by the middle of next week. There's also a possibility of showers.

Source: KVVU Broadcasting, 2015, Fox5, 19 June: http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/29333138/scorching-las-vegas-heat-prompts-opening-of-cooling-shelters#ixzz3jKJbCOWu