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Excessive heat warning issued with Phoenix highs soaring into 100s

May 6, 2018, 8:20 AM | Updated: 8:20 am

PHOENIX — The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the Phoenix area for Sunday, with forecasts calling for the hottest temperatures the area has seen this year.

Thursday’s peak of 83 degrees may have been the last time the area saw highs below 90 until October, the weather bureau said.

Temperatures reached 96 degrees in Phoenix on Friday and 103 degrees on Saturday, but they are expected to rise once again.

The heat warning for Sunday, which covered southern and southeast Maricopa County and northwest Pinal County, warned that temperatures of 106 degrees and above significantly increase the potential for heat-related illness.

The alert said early symptoms of heat illness 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.

The following recommendations were issued: Drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar and caffeine; wear light-colored clothing and wide-brim hats when outdoors; take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments; and never leave kids or pets unattended in cars.

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Excessive heat warning issued with Phoenix highs soaring into 100s