Phoenix – The National Weather Service has reported that Phoenix has broken another heat-related record – this time, it is for the most number of days in a year where temperatures have exceeded 110 degrees.
Phoenix has clocked 34 days where the high was over 110 degrees in 2020, breaking the previous record of 33 days set back in 2011.
July 2020 was the hottest month on record for Phoenix with an average temperature of 99 ° F, breaking the old record in July 2009, according to NWS.
Preventing heat exhaustion / heat stroke
The Arizona Department of Health Services stated that the following precautions can be taken to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:
- Stay in air conditioned buildings
- Limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day (mid-day)
- Check at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day
- Drink water before, during and after working out or exercising
Driving in extreme temperatures
Arizona Department’s suggestions for driving in extreme temperatures include:
Avoid sunlight: In addition to an umbrella, wear sunscreen and a wide bra, and wear loose-fitting, light-colored cotton clothes.
fuel up: Keep your tank three-quarters full. Running out of gas, especially in a remote location, is dangerous in extreme heat.
Hydrate: Take a cooler to keep excess drinking water cool, and consider adding several frozen bottles of water to use for cooling or to thaw or drink. Make sure everyone, including pets, stays hydrated.
get help: If your vehicle breaks down in extreme heat, call for help immediately to reduce the waiting time, and drive the AC. If the AC is not working, roll all the windows.
Wait safely: If the temperature inside your vehicle becomes too hot, everyone, including pets, should exit carefully and make the area as shaded as far away from the travel route as possible. Be careful walking on the road surface, which may be hot enough to burn the skin. Keep your shoes on and try to keep your pet’s paws off the sidewalk. If you are stopped along the highway, lift the front hood and turn on the dangerous lights. Please keep in mind that parking in a long brush can cause a fire.
Check your vehicle: You can help ensure that your vehicle is in good operating condition. Check your air conditioner and coolant level, switch off any important engine fluid and make sure your battery is on par. Check your tire pressure, as a combination of inflated tires and hot pavement can cause a shock.
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