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Weather or Not: Hot weather leads to vacation discounts

While trying to determine a cheap summer vacation destination last week, I did an extensive Expedia.com search.

Originally, I was considering a week at the beach.

Then I discovered Las Vegas, despite the cost of round trip air fare, would cost roughly the same amount as a week along the Eastern Shore.

I thought that was insane. Then I checked the Las Vegas weather forecast. It all makes sense now.

The Mid-Atlantic is enjoying a summer free of the outrageous heat and humidity that plagued us the last three years. But other portions of the country, the greater Las Vegas area included, are baking.

The National Weather Service has already issued an Excessive Heat Watch for next weekend for the greater Las Vegas area. Expected highs at McCarran International Airport, just off the strip, are expected to reach 113-115 degrees Friday and Saturday, 115-123 degrees in communities along the Colorado River and a whopping 125 degrees in Death Valley.

There's no relief in sight, either. In its long-term forecast, AccuWeather is predicting an entire week of 110-degree heat for Vegas with triple-digit heat expected to extend through the July 4 weekend. That's a bit excessive, even for Las Vegas standards, where the average July temperature is 106 degrees, according to Vegas.com.

Meanwhile, this will be a fairly typical summer week for Central Maryland: Highs in the 90s. High humidity. Chances of isolated thunderstorms. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Carroll County through 10 p.m. Monday night.

The extended forecast calls for a possible cool down for the beginning of the July 4 week for Central Maryland. Next week, highs might be in the lower 80s, according to the National Weather Service's long-range outlook.

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