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Get ready for a roller coaster of weekend weather in Las Vegas

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Posted at 5:28 PM, May 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-14 20:39:15-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The heat was the main weather headline to close the workweek, but our attention turns to the wind this weekend as an area of low-pressure swings in with a weather shakeup.

Highs landed in the upper 90s both Thursday and Friday, about 10º above the seasonal average, but the temperature trend moves the other direction this weekend.

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Gust speeds pick up to 35 mph are expected on Saturday as a storm system moves in, prompting a Red Flag Warning across southern Nevada from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the dry and gusty conditions elevating fire danger.

Highs fall from the upper 90s on Friday, to the low to mid-90s on Saturday then all the way down to the low 80s on Sunday. Average highs for this time of year are near 89º.

A slight uptick in upper-level moisture is expected on Sunday as a few more clouds mix in, adding a 10% chance for rain favoring the mountains. Gust speeds relax to 25 mph on Sunday and 20 mph early next week.

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The roller coaster doesn't end this weekend, the weather pattern indicates a heat up heading into the middle of next week as highs climb back to the mid-90s before the next round of mid-80s returns by the end of next week.

The average first occurrence of triple-digit heat in Las Vegas is May 26 and we've only made it to 98º so far this year.