Get that A/C cranking because the heat is back! It’s only the first week of May and those triple digit temperatures are already here again.
Forecasters say Phoenix won’t break any heat records this week but will be unseasonably warm again.
The predictions come after the city broke a 70-year-old record on Sunday, when it reached 106 degrees (41 degrees Celsius).
This week will see temperatures between 100 and 105 degrees, which is about 10 degrees hotter than it usually is this time of year….The Maricopa County Department of Public Health says there have been nearly 1,000 heat-associated deaths since Arizona’s most populous county began its heat surveillance project in 2006.
WeatherNationTV.com pointed out that Phoenix has already had five 100+ degree days so far in 2018 (including Monday), “a remarkable feat for a city that averages its first 100 degree day on May 12th.” And the website’s forecast suggests we may not drop below triple digits until Saturday.
KVOA-TV in Tucson posted a short video on the heat, the record, and the week ahead. Click here or on the picture below to check it out.
AzFamily.com quoted Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for Maricopa County Department of Public Health, as saying –
“Since we went from relatively mild temperatures earlier this week to high temperatures this weekend, there is a real potential for people to experience heat-related illness this Sunday and even into next week. However, this can be easily avoided by taking simple steps: plan ahead by exercising during the cooler part of the day, drink plenty of water, and take breaks in air-conditioned locations to cool your body temperature.”
For those of you who enjoy Arizona temperatures more in the 80’s…..some bad news from the National Weather Service. Take a look at the tweet below which reads, in part, temps may not drop back below 90 until October!
Additional tips on staying cool this week come from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) website and they include:
- Drink water. Even people that stay mostly indoors all day should drink at least 2 liters of water per day. People that spend time outdoors should drink 1 to 2 liters per hour that they are outdoors. You should carry water with you and drink even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Always apply sunscreen to exposed skin.
- Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat.
- Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity.
- Stay indoors when possible.
- Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days
Share your thoughts on how we can ‘beat the heat’ and let us know if there are some tips you have to stay cool when the mercury rises. Working with our partners to give Arizonans the information they need to make healthy decisions is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!