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Sweltering Summer Heat Already in the Southwest

6 Jun 2017, 2:44 pm

Sweltering heat is being felt in the Southwest with triple digit temperatures found in Nevada, Utah and Arizona the last few days. The heat is hitting earlier than average this year, but about the same time it has arrived over the past 30 years.

Excessive Heat Warnings have been issued in Arizona, including the Phoenix and Tucson areas. The high temperature may approach 105 to 110 degrees. This is just shy of most records that are in the low 110s, but well above the average high. For this time of year, normal high temperatures are around 100 degrees.

Residents are reminded to drink plenty of fluids and to try and stay in an air- conditioned areas and out of the sun when possible.  Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars and check up on relatives and neighbors. Drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar, and caffeine if you will be outdoors for a long period of time.

When outdoors, wear light colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and body cooler. Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Public places with air conditioning include libraries, community centers, government buildings, malls, and special refuge stations.

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.

The mercury will be above the century point over most of Arizona this afternoon. Most of the Southwest is seeing hot temperatures as well, with readings into the 90s through Utah and Nevada.

Little change is expected in the weather pattern through most of this week. A strong ridge of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere will keep the thermometer blazing, well into the triple digits.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels

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