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Heat warning: 108 possible in Tucson-area deserts

High temperatures forecast this week have officials warning of the possibility of dehydration and heat stroke. Temperatures on Friday could hit 108 degrees, with the mercury spiking to 111 in Phoenix and Gila Bend.

An excessive heat warning will be in effect through Friday evening, covering the Tucson and Phoenix metro areas, the Tohono O`Odham Nation, western Pima County, the Safford area, and south central Pinal County, the National Weather Service said. Thermometers could hit 106-111 in areas affected by the warning. Around Tucson, temperatures will fall below the danger mark around 8 p.m., while the Phoenix-area warning will last through 9 p.m.

Temperatures in the lower deserts near Phoenix might hit 113 degrees Friday, NWS said.

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 officiasl said.

Officials also put out a reminder to never leave a pet, child, or anyone else in a parked car.

From the Weather Service:

Drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. When outdoors, wear light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and body cooler. Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Public places with air conditioning include libraries, community centers, government buildings, malls, and special refuge stations.

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Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Early symptoms include things such as headache, thirst, and muscle cramps. Serious symptoms include weakness, skin that is cool to the touch, fast but weak pulse, nausea, and fainting. Severe symptoms include hot and red dry skin, fast and strong Pulse, sweating that has stopped, and unconsciousness. Untreated heat illness can lead to fatal heat stroke.

Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay informed.

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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