RENO, NV - Days of record-breaking heat have left Reno residents sweating. Reno set new record highs on Saturday and Sunday. Since records began being kept in 1888, this year is the first that Reno has reached 90 degrees during the month of April.
At the Truckee River in downtown, people were wading into the frigid water for some relief from the heat. "It feels great but I can't feel my lower extremities but it feels good," Thomas Perkins of Reno said. "We were here yesterday but it's nice because it's so hot out," Carly Vincent of Reno said.
People were picnicking and working on their tans at local parks Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service said the temperature in many locations is twenty degrees warmer than usual.
"We're taking a walk right now with our dog, 'Miller,' and enjoying the day," Barbara Ahrens of Roseville, California said.
Drew Jones of Jet Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning and Drain Services, said he's been very busy. Jones was anticipating around ten calls to look at air conditioning units on Monday.
Firefighters also said lightning, and hot, dry conditions could spawn brush fires.
Cooler temperatures are forecast for later in the week. The mercury is anticipated to drop into the upper fifties by Thursday, according to KOLO forecasters.