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Tucson, Phx & western Az under excessive heat warning Tues, Weds

High temperatures forecast this week have officials warning of the possibility of dehydration and heat stroke. Temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday could hit 109 degrees.

An excessive heat warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. through 8 p.m. each day, covering the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas, the Tohono O`Odham Nation, western Pima County and south central Pinal County, the National Weather Service said. Thermometers could hit 105-109 in areas affected by the warning.

The hot weather is "definitely a little early, and (the) first real heat" of the year, officials said. Temperatures are running about 7-9 degrees warmer than average for early June.

Officials recommended that people limit outdoor chores and spend the afternoon and evening in air-conditioned buildings.

"Have extra water and stay well hydrated by drinking water before you’re thirsty," NWS official said.

They also reminded to never leave a pet, child, or anyone else in a parked car.

Researchers at San Francisco State University conducted a study in 2003 that showed that the temperature inside a vehicle can rise to 114 degrees on a 95 degree day, and will rapidly rise to 140 in under an hour even with the windows open. 

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