Summers in Arizona are always hot – we get it. But the week ahead could test even the heartiest among us. Dangerous, potentially record breaking heat is headed our way and temperatures could soar to nearly 120 degrees!
It turns out those three days of record breaking high temperatures earlier this month were just a warm-up.
A more sustained period of high heat – punctuated by back-to-back forecasts of 118 degrees Sunday and Monday – will grip the Valley this weekend and won’t let go until at least next Friday, according to the National Weather Service, which said the mercury will climb to at least 114 degrees for five days, starting Sunday. Saturday’s high is expected to be 111.
According to the Washington Post, the expected temperatures in Phoenix could crack into the top five hottest days in the city’s recorded history!
- 122 on June 26, 1990
- 121 on July 28, 1995
- 120 on June 25, 1990
- 119 on June 29, 2013
- 118 on several days
The Yuma Sun is reminding Arizonans to be safe by staying hydrated and avoiding the sun during peak heat hours.
“The impact of the heat could be deadly, the NWS warned on its website. In 2014, Arizona led the nation in the number of summer heat-related deaths with 77 fatalities, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. There were 1,749 emergency room visits across Arizona due to heat stress that same summer (CDC).”
Fox 10 in Phoenix put together a video story targeting those hearty souls who still plan to head out and brave the heat this weekend. You can watch it by clicking here or on the picture below.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) lists the warning signs to look for in the more serious stages of heat related illnesses.
- Cool, moist, pale skin (the skin may be red right after physical activity).
- Dizziness and weakness or exhaustion.
- The skin may or may not feel hot.
- Throbbing headache.
- Decreased alertness level or complete loss of consciousness.
- High body temperature (sometimes as high as 105° F).
- Skin may still be moist or the victim may stop sweating and the skin may be red, hot and dry.
- Rapid, weak pulse.
- Rapid, shallow breathing.
NOTE: Heat stroke is life threatening. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number if you are suffering from any of the above symptoms.
Finally, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated this weekend. Bouts of oppressive heat are a part of our lives here in Arizona, but making sure we are prepared for the heat will help to keep us safe and healthy. And the healthier we are, the sooner we can reach our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!