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Heat wave to hit southern Nevada over weekend

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LAS VEGAS -- Southern Nevada should brace for a heat wave that's expected to begin over the weekend.

The National Weather Service is calling for temperatures from 107 to 111 degrees in Las Vegas on Sunday and Monday. Highs in the Colorado River Valley are expected to range from 108 to 114 degrees.

Clark County will be opening a number of cooling stations for the public Sunday through Tuesday. There are several locations and times for people who need to get out of the heat.

Officials are also reminding people that children and pets should never be left unattended in cars.

Chief of code enforcement officer Jason Allswing says Clark County Animal Control has received about 15 calls about pets left in cars since June 1. The average during the summer months is about three calls a day.

"We will do whatever is necessary to get into the vehicle," Allswing said. "On a day like this, the vehicles are going to be in the 140 range."

Doctor Dale Carrison says the emergency room at University Medical Center is ready for heat-related calls.

"We'll always get that subset of people that are overheated and sometimes they don't recognize the symptoms," Dr. Carrison said.

He says children under 4 years old and the elderly are most vulnerable to the heat, and that certain medications can increase sensitivity to the heat.

"The first stages of heat exhaustion are generally the headache and just not feeling good, the malaise, you're just tired, you don't feel good, you don't have your energy," Carrison said.

People are encouraged to drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol and caffeine. People should also seek shade or cool areas during the day.

NV Energy also says its ready for the extra power people will need to keep their homes cooled off. The power company says people can help avoid putting more stress on the grid by turning up their thermostats.

NWS has called for an excessive heat watch, which means the temperatures will be high for a prolonged period of time, and people could be at risk for heat-related illnesses.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
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