Southwest Deserts Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Excessive Heat Watch
Statement as of 3:53 AM PDT on July 22, 2014

...Excessive heat watch remains in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday evening...

An excessive heat watch remains in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday evening.

* Affected area...the lower deserts in southeast California including the Imperial Valley...and the cities of el centro and Blythe. The southwest and west-central deserts in Arizona including Parker... Yuma...Tacna...Gila Bend...Coolidge and the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

* Temperature...afternoon temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will range from 111 to 117 degrees across the lower deserts. Overnight lows will be very warm...in the upper 80s to low 90s at the warmest urban sites.

* Impacts...excessively hot temperatures can be stressful to animals and humans...making it hard for the body to acclimate and remain hydrated. Extremely warm overnight low temperatures...in the upper 80s to low 90s...do not allow the body to cool down properly overnight...and can make extreme heat even more dangerous.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars. Drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol...sugar...and caffeine. When outdoors...wear light colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and body cooler. Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Public places with air conditioning include libraries...community centers...government buildings...malls...and special Refuge stations.

Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Early symptoms include things such as headache...thirst...and muscle cramps. Serious symptoms include weakness...skin that is cool to the touch...fast but weak pulse...nausea...and fainting. Severe symptoms include hot and red dry skin...fast and strong pulse... sweating that has stopped...and unconsciousness. Untreated heat illness can lead to fatal heat stroke.

Stay cool...stay hydrated...stay informed.

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