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Vegas to Sizzle This Weekend

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A strong high-pressure system settling over the region Friday and through the weekend will bring extreme temperatures to the already blazing Southwest.

The National Weather Service said Las Vegas could see a record high of 118 over the weekend. Temperatures hit 115 Fahrenheit on Friday.

Through 8 p.m. Friday, 911 dispatchers received 35 heat-related calls. Of those calls, seven people ranging in age from 20s to 80s were taken to area hospitals. None appeared to be life threatening, Las Vegas Fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

Also on Friday, 200 people were treated for heat-related illnesses at the Vans Warped Tour at the Silverton. Of those, 30 were taken to hospitals for further treatment.  

The heat was already so punishing on Friday that rangers took up positions at trailheads at Lake Mead in Nevada to persuade people not to hike.

Notoriously hot Death Valley in California is forecast to reach 129 degrees, not far off the world-record high of 134 logged there exactly one century ago.

In Las Vegas, two Elvis impersonators and a performer costumed as the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign said they still planned to keep up their routine of working the tourist corridor in the broad daylight and turning in for the evenings, heat notwithstanding.

Elvis impersonator Cristian Morales said he rather "fight with the sun than fight with drunk people."

The heat, expected to peak Sunday, is unlikely to sideline the first round of the four-week Bikini Invitational tournament.

Hard Rock Casino spokeswoman Abigail Miller said with $100,000 up for grabs, she thinks contestants will make the sacrifice.

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