Excessive heat warning issued with Phoenix temps expected to eclipse 110
PHOENIX — An excessive heat warning was issued for Tuesday and Wednesday for Phoenix with temperatures forecast to break 110 degrees.
The warning goes into effect Tuesday at 10 a.m. and will remain in place until 8 p.m. the following day, according to the National Weather Service.
The mercury is expected to reach 111 degrees both days.
An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect from 10 AM MST/PDT Tuesday to 8 PM MST/PDT Wednesday for southeast California, southwest Arizona, and the Phoenix metro area. High to Very High risk from heat related impacts is expected for these areas. #azwx #cawx 1/2 pic.twitter.com/8ULYf595z8
— NWS Phoenix (@NWSPhoenix) August 2, 2021
Under a recently adopted city of Phoenix policy, hiking trails on Camelback Mountain and at the Piestewa Peak trailhead are restricted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. while an excessive heat warning is active.
The blistering heat isn’t supposed to last long, however. The high will drop to 108 degrees on Thursday before 104 on Friday and 100 on Saturday.
Thunderstorm chances will also enter the forecast starting Friday and run through the weekend.
Metro Phoenix’s official gauge at Sky Harbor Airport recorded 1.73 inches of rain in July – the norm is .91 – and the area’s rainfall index noted the average for the 31 days was a whopping 2.81 inches, the most since tracking began in 1990.
The Arizona Department of Health Services said almost 3,000 people a year wind up in emergency rooms around the state suffering from heat-related illnesses.
Homeless, infants, young children and adults 65 or older are among those wo are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses.
To protect yourself against heat sickness, the health department recommends drinking water, dressing properly for hot weather, wearing sunscreen and avoiding strenuous activity, among other things.