The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Monday  in the Yuma area, advising residents to stay indoors if possible and be on the lookout for signs of heat-related illness. 

The warning will be in effect from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., when afternoon highs are forecast for anywhere from 105 to 115 degrees.

The NWS urges those who will be engaging in outdoor activity to take frequent breaks and avoid the hottest parts of the day. 

Everyone is advised to stay indoors if possible and seek air-conditioned buildings. Drinking more water than usual and eating smaller meals throughout the day is also encouraged. Children and pets should never be left unattended in cars. 

Residents are advised to check on one another, especially the elderly and children, who can be more susceptible to heat illness. Symptoms include thirst and muscle cramps in the beginning, escalating to headache, dizziness and exhaustion.

Heat stroke can cause vomiting, seizures, high body temperature and decreased or lost consciousness. Call 911 for assistance if heat illness is suspected. 

The Yuma Heat Relief Project has water and cooling centers available in Yuma, the Foothills, San Luis and Somerton for people who need escape from the heat. 

For more information about the local water sites and cooling centers, visit https://www.yumacountyaz.gov/government/health-district/surviving-yuma-s-heat.

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