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Excessive heat continuing to batter Las Vegas valley

Posted at 5:12 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 03:18:49-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The sweltering heat is battering the valley as temperatures climb into the 110s. Doctors are warning this heatwave could lead to illness or even death if steps aren’t taken.

The splash pad is the place to be in the valley to cool off from the blistering summer heat.

“I’ll be frustrated because of the heat and frustrated at every little thing, but I start getting wet, there’s a relief.”

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Nick Pena routinely comes to Bob Baskin Park to get fresh air. He’s been making sure to hit the splash pad lately.

“It too hot to just be sitting on the grass. You got to get wet like every hour and then I can relax on the grass,” he said.

With temperatures sweltering into the 110s, Dr. Christina Madison with Roseman university says it creates ripe conditions for heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses.

“You’re excessive thirsty. Your body temperature is very high. Your skin is dry and sweating profusely,” she said.

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The CDC says between 2004 and 2018, there has been an average of 702 heat-related deaths across the country every year. Dr. Madison says these deaths are entirely preventable and encourages people to drink water.

“You really should be drinking plenty of fluids, every 15 to 20 minutes because that’s what is going to really help to make sure you’re not suffering from one of those heat-related stress illnesses,” she said.

It’s advice Pena says he’s following.

“Drink water. Drink lots of water. I like to get those Vitamin waters from 7-Eleven. I drink about four of those a day,” he said.