LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — We all know Las Vegas can get really, really, hot. Both locals and tourists can get dehydrated and exhausted from the heat.
The hundred-degree heat in the valley can be tiresome. To prepare, 13 Action News covered stories to help with everything from your home AC, to car troubles from the heat.
PROTECTING YOUR CAR
- With such extreme heat in Las Vegas, touching the steering wheel of a car can feel like your hands are burning, which is exactly what can happen to the outside of the vehicle. Maintenance is especially important if you haven't been taking care of your car during the pandemic.
- Sergio Avila with AAA in Nevada says a simple, routine vehicle check before hitting the road — including checking your tire pressure — could make all the difference. Read more here.
- Listen and watch for warning signs like check engine lights or any sensors that pop up. Those might be an indication of needing coolant or other fluids for the car. Read more here.
- The Las Vegas valley has seen the hottest temperatures of the year thus far. And, with a rise in inflation, many motorists have put off getting their vehicles checked, often causing a breakdown. Read more here.
- As the valley heats up, more drivers are running into car problems, such as overheated cars and broken ACs. Experts say inflation is leading to drivers putting off car maintenance, more serious issues can arrive as temperatures rise. Read more here.
KEEPING YOUR BODY HEALTHY, HYDRATED
- What you eat when it is extremely hot outside can definitely make a difference in how you feel. On average, a human body obtains 20% of the water it needs from foods eaten during the day. Food can also make you feel hotter or cooler, depending on what it is. Read more here.
ACTIVITIES IN SOUTHERN NEVADA
- Everything costs more these days, including gas. That, and more, can put a strain on summer plans this year. With that in mind, 13 Action News has a look at a few budget-friendly getaway spots just outside Las Vegas. Read more here.
- 13 Action News anchor Dave Courvoisier spoke with a local expert about saving money on your air conditioning. Read more here.
- A working air conditioner is a necessity during the summers in Las Vegas. However, taking care of your A/C unit isn't always cheap. Fortunately, there is some relief. Read more here.
- Broken A/C? Nevada landlords must make repairs within 48 hours. Read more here.
- Kids in Las Vegas can cool off this summer at one of the city's many free water play areas, or splash pads. The city announced park splash pads are officially open for the season. Read more here.
- With splash pads open, many are wondering if they are a waste of water. However, officials say they are not. Read more here.
- The City of Las Vegas released the opening schedules for its pools for the summer season. Here is when you can swim, and where.
LAKE MEAD SAFETY
- Lake Mead officials are sending a stark warning to be safe and follow the rules. While alcohol, drugs, and failing to wear a life jacket are some of the biggest concerns every year, there are now new problems. Read more here.
- If you’ve been out at the lake recently, you may have noticed that it's now dry where there once was water. That’s the danger zone. Read more here.
- Monsoon season brings flash flooding — waters that can prove dangerous and even deadly. Read more here.
- The Las Vegas valley is no stranger to flash flooding. Monsoon season is upon us, and with it come the chances of rain. Read more here.
- It’s been another very dry year in Southern Nevada, but the Valley Health System says summer monsoons and resulting flash floods can happen quickly and require proper precaution. Read more here.
- People who hadn't felt raindrops in months welcomed the brief reprieve from the desert heat. Read more here.