National Weather Service issues excessive heat warning for 7 Arizona counties

The National Weather Service in Phoenix issued an excessive heat warning for Cochise, Pima, and Santa Cruz counties from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 6 and La Paz, Maricopa, Pinal, and Yuma counties on May 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Daytime highs could get up to 108° F in some areas. The Arizona Department of Health Services says residents are advised to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

On Wednesday afternoon around 4 p.m., Phoenix reached 106°, tying its record from 2018.

According to NWS, drink water, more than usual, and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary, or caffeinated drinks. Dress for the heat with lightweight and light-colored clothing. Eat small meals and eat more often. You should also recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness:

  • Early signs include thirst and muscle cramps. 
  • Heat exhaustion may include: cool, moist, pale skin; headache; dizziness; weakness or exhaustion; nausea.
  • The most serious illness is heat stroke, which may include: vomiting; confusion; throbbing headache; decreased alertness or loss of consciousness; high body temperature (above 105°F); hot, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; seizures.
  • Heat stroke can be deadly. Treat as an emergency and call 9-1-1. 

AZDHS states the following precautions can be taken to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings
  • Limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day (mid-day)
  • Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day
  • Drink water before, during, and after working or exercising outside

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