The National Weather Service's Phoenix office has issued an excessive heat watch for Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening for the Yuma area, warning of high temperatures between 106 and 110 degrees that will put residents at greater risk for heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses.
The alert includes the city of Yuma, as well as the Foothills and Ligurta areas.
Overexposure to heat at the forecast levels can lead to heat cramps and exhaustion, which if not treated can turn into heatstroke, a potentially fatal illness.
NWS advises residents to stay indoors in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible, and drink more water than usual while avoiding sugary and alcoholic drinks. Wear light colored, light fabric clothing.
Eating smaller, more frequent meals is advised, and residents should look out for children, the elderly and other people who might be more vulnerable to suffering heat ailments. Never leave children or pets alone in parked vehicles.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Early signs include thirst and muscle cramps. Heat exhaustion may include: cool, moist, pale skin; headache; dizziness; weakness or exhaustion; nausea. The most serious illness is heat stroke, which may include: vomiting; confusion; throbbing headache; decreased alertness or loss of consciousness; high body temperature (above 105F); hot, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; seizures. Treat heat stroke as an emergency and call 911. Continue to monitor NWS forecasts, broadcast outlets and local government for updates.
This is the first excessive heat watch of the year for Yuma, following an unusually cool month of May across southern Arizona. Maricopa County reported its first heat-related death of the year Thursday, after a dehydrated elderly man who did not have housing was found in his car.
The Yuma Heat Relief Project has released its cooling and water sites available during heat advisories for 2019, for people who do not have access to air conditioning or cold water. They include:
Crossroads Mission, 944 S Arizona Ave., Yuma, open 24 hours a day (cooling and water)
Walmart, 8151 E 32nd St., Yuma, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (cooling and water; for assistance with water see greeter at east entrance near pharmacy)
Starbucks, 2383 W 24th St., 4:30 a.m- 10:30 p.m. (cooling and water)
Crossroads Mission 2nd Chance Thrift Store, 550 W 8th St., Yuma, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon-Sat (water)
Yuma Community Food Bank, 2024 E. 24th St., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon-Fri(water)
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