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Hazardous Weather, Near-Critical Fire Conditions

15 June 2016  

A hazardous weather outlook has been issued by the National Weather Service for Yavapai County and Northern Arizona.

“Gusty southwesterly winds and relative humidity values in the single digits to low teens will support near-critical fire conditions Wednesday afternoon which could extend into Thursday,” is the prediction on the weather site.

“Hot temperatures are forecast for this weekend, with an excessive heat watch having been issued for Saturday 6/18 through Monday 6/20. the watch is valid for elevations below 4000 feet in Yavapai/Northern Gila counties as well as the Grand Canyon.”

High temperatures above 90 are expected by this weekend in the Prescott area. 

The heat in Phoenix is expected to climb over 110ºF on the weekend, with highs on Saturday reaching 108-113ºF. Sunday and Monday could see highs from 115-120ºF. A very slight cooling may occur on Tuesday, with highs reaching between 113-118ºF.

The first victim of heat-related death was reported on Tuesday by the Maricopa County Health Department

Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness:

Early symptoms include headache, thirst, muscle cramps

Serious symptoms include weakness; skin that is cool to the touch; fast, weak pulse; nausea; fainting

Severe symptoms include hot and red dry skin; fast and strong pulse; sweating that has stopped; unconsciousness.

Untreated heat illness can lead to fatal heat stroke.

The weather site offers these recommendations:

  • Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars
  • Drink more water than usual
  • Avoid alcohol, sugar and caffeine
  • When outdoors, wear light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat
  • Take frequent rest breaks in shade or air-conditioned environments
  • Public places with air-conditioning include: libraries, community centers, government buildings, malls, restaurants and special refuge stations 

"Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay informed."

Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder and Editor of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She asks a lot of questions! In her spare time, she loves photography, cooking and hanging out with her family.