An excessive heat warning in in effect for a broad swath of the southwestern United States today. Temperatures could approach 120 degrees!
This week could bring one of the hottest days of the year. For Arizona, the National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning until 8PM MST Wednesday for southwest and south-central parts of the state, including the Phoenix metropolitan area and Yuma.
Termperatures ranging from 110 to 118 degrees can be expected with overnight lows falling to only 84 to 93 degrees.
The NWS warns to be on the lookout for the signs of heat related illness for those working or participating in outdoor activities or for those without access to adequate air conditioning.
An Excessive Heat Warning means an extended period of very hot temperatures. Residents should stay indoors and seek air-conditioned buildings. Drink plenty of water, and avoid the use of alcoholic, sugary, or caffeinated drinks. Dress in lightweight and light-colored clothing.
Officials remind residents to also keep an eye on those vulnerable to the heat, including small
children and the elderly. Check on family, friends, and neighbors.
If you must be outside, be sure to take longer and more frequent breaks, avoiding the hottest part of the day. Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars.
Termperatures in Yuma and Parker are expected to reach 119 degrees on Tuesday.