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Excessive Heat Continues in the Southwest, Headed for the Northwest

Excessive Heat Continues in the Southwest, Headed for the Northwest
7 Aug 2018, 12:59 pm

More record high temperatures are ahead for the Southwest today (Tuesday) as the mercury tops above 110 in the desert areas and climbs to near the century point elsewhere. Excessive Heat Warnings remain in effect for parts of Arizona, Nevada and California, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. Residents are reminded to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

Heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be possible. People most vulnerable include those who are spending lots of time outdoors, those who do not have air conditioning, young children, the elderly, and those with chronic ailments.

The intense heat will lift into the Northwest for the rest of the week as Excessive Heat Warnings and Watches have been issued, including Portland and Spokane. Record high temperatures are possible Thursday in several locations in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington.

Highs in the 90s and 100s will be felt all across the region Thursday and Friday. Residents are reminded to limit time outdoors to avoid heat related illnesses.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Early symptoms include things such as headache, thirst, and muscle cramps. Serious symptoms include weakness, skin that is cool to the touch, fast but weak pulse, nausea, and fainting. Severe symptoms include hot and red dry skin, fast and strong pulse, sweating that has stopped, and unconsciousness. Untreated heat illness can lead to fatal heat stroke.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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