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Record heat gives way to thunderstorms in parts of Nevada

July 1, 2021 GMT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A heat wave in the U.S. West that brought three consecutive days of record-high temperatures to Lake Tahoe and is forecast to continue into the holiday weekend gave way briefly Wednesday to thunderstorms and flood advisories across parts of Nevada.

The service issued flood advisories in parts of Lyon and Douglas counties after up to 1.5 inches (4 centimeters) of rain fell in the Pine Nut Mountain southeast of Carson City.

Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada near the Utah line was under a flood advisory after more than a half inch of rain (1 cm) fell there. Campers and hikers were warned to avoid streams or creeks in southern Nevada’s Lincoln County.

Parts of neighboring Nye and Esmeralda were under a severe thunderstorm warning, with reports of winds up to 60 mph (96 kph) and quarter-sized hail but no immediate damage.

North of Reno along the California-Nevada line, the service reported winds gusting to 60 mph (96 kph) late Wednesday afternoon were pushing a wall of dust across the desert south of Gerlach, reducing visibility to less than 1 miles (1.6 kilometers).

On Tuesday, the Clark County Fire Department reported at least two water rescues northeast of Las Vegas, where flooding damaged railroad tracks and left some neighborhoods in Logandale under up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) of water.

Tuesday’s high of 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41 Celsius) at North Las Vegas Airport was only slightly hotter than normal for this time of year. But three consecutive days of about 90 F (32 C) at Lake Tahoe is unusual for the mountain lake that straddles the California-Nevada line.

South Lake Tahoe, California, set a record of 90 F (32 C) on Sunday, 91 F (33 C) on Monday and tied the previous mark of 89 (31.6 C) on Tuesday. Reno also tied record highs of 103 F (39 C) on Monday and 102 F (39 C) on Tuesday.

Lower highs were forecast Wednesday before warming up again through the weekend, in which highs will approach 110 F (43 C) in parts of Las Vegas, the service said.

Highs into the weekend should be in the mid- to upper 80s F (30 to 31 C) at Lake Tahoe and the mid- to upper-90s F (about 36 C) in the Reno area.