Shelters and temporary cooling stations are opening during daytime hours in the Las Vegas area after an excessive heat warning was issued for this week.
Clark County officials announced Monday that shelters operated by Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, the Salvation Army and the Shade Tree will be open daily through the end of September.
Cooling stations also are opening for Tuesday and Wednesday at seven locations in Las Vegas and Henderson, providing additional shelter from the expected triple-digit highs.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that remains in effect until Wednesday night.
Highs are expected reach to 106 degrees Fahrenheit Tuesday and 107 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday.
The heat can be especially harmful to older adults, people with chronic medical conditions and children, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
"The best defense against heat-related illness is prevention," said Dr. Joe Iser, the district’s chief health officer.
The Health District offers the following tips to minimize the risk of heat-related illness and injury:
• Plan outdoor activities earlier in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler.
• Dress in light, loose-fitting clothes.
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face and use sunscreen.
• If unaccustomed to working or exercising in the heat, start slowly and gradually increase the pace.
• Avoid being out in the sun for extended periods.
• When planning extended outdoor activity, bring an adequate supply of water. Drink plenty of water at regular intervals, regardless of activity level.
• Avoid alcohol or liquids that contain high amounts of sugar.
• Plan well-balanced, light meals.
• Check the weather forecast and plan activities accordingly.
• Check on the status of homebound neighbors and relatives.
The Las Vegas Sun staff contributed to this report.