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It’s going to be hot: Excessive heat warning issued for Phoenix area

(AP Photo/West Bend Daily News, John Ehlke)

PHOENIX — It’s going to be extremely hot this weekend in Phoenix, prompting the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning.

The warning will remain in effect through Monday.

The weather service is calling for a high of 112 on Friday, 114 on both Saturday and Sunday and 109 on Monday.

The weather service said people should drink more water and avoid beverages that contain alcohol, sugar or caffeine.

People should also try to remain indoors. If you must be outside, take frequent breaks and find shade when you can.

With the high temperatures kicking in, the likelihood of heat-related illness increases. The initial symptoms begin as a headache or thirst, but can increase to skin that is cool to the touch, nausea and fainting.

Heat stroke can be fatal.

Despite the warning, Austin Jamison with the National Weather Service said such heat this time of year is not out of the ordinary.

“These temperatures are about 10 degrees above normal,” he said. “It’s not that we’re looking at epic, record heat.”

Last year, Phoenix hit 112 degrees on June 15 and the heat was consistent through the remainder of the month.

The hottest day of the month was June 18 at 115 degrees.

Phoenix reached 100 degrees four times in May — the same number as last year.

An excessive heat warning was also put in place at the Grand Canyon through Sunday. It only affects areas below 4,000 feet.

If the heat isn’t enough, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality also issued an ozone warning that is effective through Sunday. The agency encouraged Phoenicians to drive as little as possible, refuel gas tanks at night and avoid long drive-through lines.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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