Extreme heat facts and tips for coping in Phoenix.
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10 a.m. Monday: 100 degrees and counting
By now, you’re probably aware of the excessive-heat warning underway in the Phoenix area.
The National Weather Service says high temperatures this week will range between 110 and 120 degrees.
Consider this: The average high on this day is 105 degrees. It hit 100 degrees in Phoenix before 10 a.m.
We’ve got a ways to go.
Today’s forecast calls for a record-breaking high of 117 degrees. The current record of 115 degrees was set June 19, 1968.
Along with the heat comes the potential for burns, and not just the sunbathing variety.
Dr. Kevin Foster of the Arizona Burn Center said hot asphalt and concrete, playground equipment, vehicle interior surfaces and scalding water from outdoor hoses can lead to second- and third-degree burns when outdoor temperatures exceed 100 degrees.
“Young children are particularly vulnerable,” Foster said. “Not only is their skin more sensitive, but they haven’t learned how to remove themselves from the hot surface or object. Though they might be uncomfortable on the hot surface, they don’t understand why they are hurting or that they need to move.”
The same applies for pets: If the concrete is too hot to go barefoot, it’s too hot for them, too.
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