Park Rangers warn of hiking dangers as we set new heat record

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With today’s scorching heat we set a new record high. 
 
The mercury rose to a blistering 115 degrees.
 
People spent the day trying to keep their cool and for those who were brave enough to step outside, many headed to the pool.
 
Fox 10's Marcy Jones was out in the elements all day long...she survived...and has the story.
 
This may be the best advice if you're thinking about hiking on a weekend like this 
 
"Respectfully, don't come, it's too hot, this is not the time to be hiking," said Mark Sirota.
 
Phoenix Park Ranger Mark Sirota has seen too many rescues after hikers got dehydrated on a day like today.
 
"Once they're dehydrated they start doing things that they normally wouldn't do, they roll their ankles, they slip they fall, they break bones, they hit their heads."
 
Thankfully, park rangers have some unofficial help they like to call ‘Trail Angels,' expert hikers who pack extra water, ice, and even snacks in case they come across a person who needs a little boost.  
 
"There’s so many great hikers that we have. Scott is one of those that does deliver water and the other day he was delivering popsicles."
 
"You gotta build up to it, you can't just  come out here and do the mountain the first time if you're not used to it,” says Scott Cullymore. “It's just not going to work, know you're body, know when you need to slow down, if you're half way through your water that means you're halfway through your hike."        
 
Park rangers suggest hiking early or later in the day to beat the heat, but there's also another outside option. 
 
"If you wanna stay cool, come to this pool."

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