Clark County is still riding an intense heat wave after six consecutive days of temperatures at or above 90 degrees and a peak high Sunday of 99 degrees.
While the forecast predicts some relief this week with overcast skies and highs in the low to mid-80s, the respite will likely be brief — on Sunday, the mercury should climb above 90 again.
The scorching days pose a danger to the area’s more vulnerable populations, including small children, elderly people and those with pre-existing conditions, as well as pets.
They also create potentially dicey circumstances for a small child or animal in a hot car, a topic fraught with misinformation among the good Samaritans who would try to intervene.
Can I break a window?
Under state law, leaving a child younger than 16 unattended in a vehicle (running or otherwise) is illegal. Whether somebody faces a civil penalty or a criminal charge largely depends on the person’s intent and the outcome of the situation.