The Sun Beams Down!
After some late season cool temps at the beginning of April, the temperature in Las Vegas is on the rise. With the thermometer north of 95 degrees starting this weekend, it looks like summer is ready to hit the desert valley.
While many people claim that the dry heat is better than the humidity, be warned: when the wind kicks up, the Vegas dry heat is like pointing a hair dryer on high in the direction of the face. Hot.
The heat also means visitors need to be prepared for temperatures they likely are not used to. From now through late September/early October, it’s important for those taking cheap flights in to Las Vegas that they are prepared for the extreme heat, which can spike north of 110 degrees on many days.
Drink Water. While this goes without saying, people shrug this important tip off. It’s a desert and dry, which zaps that water from your body. It’s very easy to overheat in Las Vegas and get dehydrated. While the temptation is there to consume alcohol, it is extremely important to balance out the alcohol with water. If you’re out during the day, bring at least a liter of water. If you’re hiking, bring more.
Skip the outdoors during the day. Vegas gets warmer as the day progresses. For those who want to get some outdoor time, head outside in the early morning or after sunset. Skip the late afternoon, it’s sweltering. If you are outside, make sure you are somewhere with shade and/or misters or at the pool.
Dress accordingly. Light-weight, light-colored clothes are the name of the game in the summer. If you’re worried about being chilly in the casinos or other indoor spots, don’t wear long sleeves; grab a light long-sleeved jacket or cardigan instead.
Protect yourself from the powerful sun. If you aren’t skipping the outdoors during the day, be sure to protect your skin. Vegas is more than 2,000 feet above sea level, which means that sun is powerful. SPF 30 or higher and hats are recommended to keep the skin from getting burned.
Be careful of hot surfaces. This may sound like another no brainer, but remember, those concrete surfaces and metal railings, seats and other objects get scorching hot. Before planting bare skin on anything, give it a touch to make sure there is no threat of getting burned.
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