Coroner sees increase in heat-related deaths in Las Vegas valley

LAS VEGAS - The record heat the Las Vegas valley has had this summer has had a deadly impact, leading to an almost 50 percent increase in the number of heat-related deaths this year.

According to the Clark County Coroner's Office as of Monday, there have been 142 heat-related deaths this year.  However, that number could increase once autopsy results are finalized.

In 2016, there was a total of 98 heat-related deaths for the year.

The deaths are reminders to make sure you're people are taking precautions when it comes to dealing with scorching hot temperatures.

Preventative measures consist of drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, along with avoiding strenuous activity in the sun.

Summer's nearly over, but the Las Vegas valley isn't done experiencing the heat. An excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect through Wednesday.

The warning prompted the activation of additional cooling stations throughout the Las Vegas valley.

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