Wendy Rush

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The extreme UK heat wave that has plagued both the United Kingdom and many parts of Europe is no joke. But how does it compare to the heat we experience here in Las Vegas? Reports are everywhere this month about record-breaking temperatures across the pond. According to USA Today, the U.K.’s weather office, called the Meteorological Office, reported this week a temperature of 40.2 degrees Celsius in London. That’s 104.4 degrees Fahrenheit. And observation sites across England have broken previous records for scorching temperatures. USA Today reported that, via the Met Office, an official heat warning has been issued in many parts of England and a less-extreme heat warning has been sent to parts of England, Wales and Southern Scotland.

Temperatures in other parts of Europe have soared to over 115 degrees, and wildfires have swept through parts of the continent. Nearly 750 heat-related deaths have also been reported as a result of this heatwave. While that is indeed something newsworthy, some of us who live in Las Vegas and aren’t strangers to extreme heat might be confused. Why is 104 degrees in England such a big deal? First of all, British homes were not designed for extreme heat. Most of them don’t have central air conditioning. As few as 5% of dwellings, in fact, possess such a luxury (NYTimes). The United States Census Bureau reported 2.2 million residents in Clark County in 2020. So if air conditioning was as much a luxury here as it is in the UK, just 110,000 of us would have central air.

The roads in the UK are also not built for extreme heat. The New York Post reported on Monday that Luton Airport in London had to shut down one of its runways due to buckling under the extreme heat. There have also been road closures for the same reason. The roads are essentially melting and not able to handle the weight of vehicles.

Another why the extreme UK heat wave trumps our Las Vegas summers. Humidity. The United Kingdom is comprised of islands surrounded by water. The humidity there, on average, is more than we ever see here in Las Vegas. According to currentresults.com, the UK’s average humidity is anywhere between the high 60s (percent) to the low 90s. No wonder people hate it so much when we say “but it’s a dry heat”. It really is, and considering what’s happening over there in Europe right now, we really shouldn’t take that for granted.

Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas

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7 Hydrating Foods For The Vegas Summer Heat

Did you know there are tons of hydrating foods you can eat to stay hydrated? Oh happy day! Experts do say that sticking with water is the best way to hydrate, but that’s not always going to happen. Sometimes we just get sick of drinking so much water. That’s why millions of dollars are made off of flavored waters. We’ve thrown cucumber in our water, and lemon, and mint, I think I saw an artichoke in there once. Even bacon-infused water exists…although that one is actually pretty genius. Carry on. And sometimes it’s not even the problem of being sick of the taste of regular water. Eight ounces is just a lot of water to work into our busy lives.

Oh summer…you high-maintenance diva…and she is just getting started. As hot as it has been in Las Vegas this month, locals know all too well that the worst is yet to come. It’s even more important than usual during this time of year to keep ourselves hydrated. And don’t forget that on a NORMAL, moderately-heated day, we’re supposed to be drinking 8 glasses of water. That’s not always easy to do. So how in slow-burning fiery hell are we supposed to stay hydrated in the triple digits of summer? Experts say that during these warmer months, we should each be drinking two and a half liters of water every day! And for the measurement-challenged (my hand is raised here) that’s eighty four and a half ounces, which equals closer to eleven glasses of water every day! So, short of jumping into a river with our mouth and throats open, we might have to get a little creative to stay hydrated.

To make hydrating easier, we’ve got a list of hydrating foods that have a high percentage of water in them. Keep these in your summer diet and you’ll help those hydration and hunger levels at the same time. Who doesn’t like efficiency? – Wendy

  • Cucumber - 96% Water

    Cucumber Slices

    Cucumber water is so popular, and at 96% water…it’s like we’re putting water in more water!

  • Tomatoes - 94% Water

    Tomatoes on a plate

    Just one medium tomato gives you about half a cup of water!

  • Watermelon - 92% Water


    Does that mean it’s only 8% melon?

  • Strawberries - 91% Water

    Strawberries in a bowl

    Strawberries have so many health benefits in addition to being high in water content. And they’re so good…it almost feels like cheating.

  • Cantaloupe - 90% Water


    And a ton of nutrients to boot!

  • Peaches - 89% Water

    Pile of peaches

    There are tons of antioxidants and fiber in peaches. Eat them with the skin on for even more benefit!

  • Skim Milk - 91% Water

    Milk being poured from jug into a clear glass sitting on a blue wooden table


    Not only does skim milk provide all those good-for-you nutrients of milk but it keeps you hydrated as well! Try it after a workout for a better benefit than sports drinks! And speaking of dairy, cottage cheese and plain yogurt are also high in water content, at 80 and 88% respectively.