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Weather forecast for Arizona: Extreme heat warning remains in place

The National Weather Service predicts afternoon temperatures will range from 40 to 45 degrees Celsius, and an extreme heat warning remains in effect until 8 p.m. June 16.

“An extreme heat warning means there will be a period of very hot temperatures, even by local standards. Actions should be taken to reduce the impacts of extreme heat,” NWS explained.

Prevention of heat exhaustion/heat stroke

The Arizona Department of Health Services stated that the following precautions can be taken to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings
  • Find a cooling center/drinking station
  • Limit your outdoor activities during the hottest time of the day (midday).
  • Check on at-risk friends, family members and neighbors at least twice a day.
  • Drink water before, during and after work or outdoor exercise
  • Check the UV index
  • Check the heat risk map

Driving in extreme temperatures

The Arizona Department of Transportation's tips for driving in extreme temperatures include:

Have sun protection: In addition to an umbrella, bring sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat and wear loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothing.

Refueling: Always keep your tank three-quarters full. Running out of gas can be dangerous in very hot weather, especially in remote locations.

Hydrate: Bring a cooler to keep extra drinking water cold, and consider adding several frozen water bottles to keep cool or to thaw and drink when needed. Make sure everyone, including pets, stays hydrated.

Get help: If your vehicle breaks down in extreme heat, call for help immediately to reduce the waiting time and turn on the air conditioning. If the air conditioning is not working, roll down all the windows.

Wait safely: If the temperature inside your vehicle becomes too hot, everyone, including pets, should carefully exit and seek or create a shaded area as far from the travel lanes as possible. Walk carefully on the road surface, as it can be hot enough to cause skin burns. Keep your shoes on and try to keep your pets' paws off the pavement. When you stop on the highway, open the hood and turn on the hazard lights. Please be aware that parking in tall brush can start a fire.

Check your vehicle: You can avoid breakdowns and tire blowouts by making sure your vehicle is in good running order. Check your air conditioning and coolant levels, top up all essential engine fluids and make sure your battery is in good condition. Check your tire pressure, as the combination of underinflated tires and hot asphalt can cause a tire blowout.

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