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GRAHAM AND GREENLEE COUNTIES – The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for areas including Graham and Greenlee counties for Saturday, July 15 from 6 a.m. through Monday, July 17 at 10 p.m.
Dangerously hot conditions with possible record temperatures of 107 to 113 degrees are expected in the excessive heat area this weekend. Phoenix has had 15 straight days of 110-plus-degree heat and had numerous evenings where the temperature did not go lower than 90 degrees.
Take extra caution this weekend, especially if you work or spend any time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening hours, and wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing if possible.
Also, remember to think of any pets who also will suffer from the heat. Avoid taking pets on walks on concrete or asphalt and make sure they have adequate water and shade outside.
Know the symptoms of heat stroke/exhaustion
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), symptoms of heat stroke/exhaustion include high body temperature (103 degrees or higher), fast pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, loss of consciousness, heavy sweating, cold, pale, and clammy skin, and muscle cramps.
To help with most of the symptoms, move to a cool place, and loosen your clothes. Those experiencing heat exhaustion should also sip water.