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120 degree norms for Las Vegas? Climate change predictions lining up

Climate change is credited with incredible and destructive weather, and in Southern Nevada it is credited with ever-increasing temperatures. (KSNV)

Climate change is credited with incredible and destructive weather, and in Southern Nevada it is credited with ever-increasing temperatures.

“The wind is a bigger problem than the heat,” says Tim Szymanski of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.

“The wind enhances the fire. It will spread it and make it more intense,” he says.

Three years ago, News 3 reported on a prediction that a warming climate will cause an increase in temperatures in our region of 2 degrees in 16 years. The same study suggested an increase in temperature by 4 degrees in 46 years, and 7 degrees in 66 years.

The result, if the projections hold true, would be a summertime high of 120 degrees or more in Las Vegas.

Firefighters already attribute climate change to more devastating wildfires. So far this year, 3.5 million acres have burned — mostly on the West Coast.

That’s about the same acreage burned by wildfires in all of the 1980s, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

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