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Medical calls rise as excessive heat hits Vegas

Posted at 3:33 PM, Jun 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 21:26:45-04

At least 350 calls for medical aid have been issued this weekend, many due to the excessive heat.

The Clark County Fire Department reported that they responded to 62 requests for medical aid during a 6-hour period from midnight to 6 a.m. on Saturday on the Las Vegas Strip.

For the period beginning Friday at midnight until Sunday at 8:10 a.m., the Fire Alarm Office which dispatches for the Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue and the North Las Vegas Fire Department, dispatched approximately 350 requests for medical aid. Many of these calls can be directly attributed to the high heat.

"We saw far more people than we saw the weekend before for heat-related illness," said the Chief of Staff at University Medical Center, Doctor Dale Carrison.

McCarran International Airport hit 108 degrees by 2 p.m. Sunday, tying a record high for the date. It later beat the record high from 1996, reaching 109 degrees.

On Saturday, Las Vegas matched the record high of 109 degrees while on Friday, the city tied the record of 107.

"If you're in this weather and you're walking two or three, four miles on The Strip you're going to lose a lot of fluid. People are going to have to sit down. They get nauseous, vomit. It's all associated with dehydration and heat-related illness," Dr. Carrison said.