Record Heat Ahead for the Southwest

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24 Jul 2018 11:53 AM
A strong ridge of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere is creating a heat dome across the the Southwest, with several areas likely to feel record highs into Wednesday. Excessive Heat Warnings continue for parts of Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California, with Heat Advisories as far north as Washington. Temperatures will surge well above the century point, with some areas in the deserts reaching above 120 into Wednesday. With such intense heat, 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. 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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