'Hot with a side of hot sauce': NWS continues warning through Weds

Parts of Southern Arizona will be remain under an excessive heat warning through Wednesday, as the Tucson metro area and elsewhere could see temperatures up to 112 degrees during this heat wave. The deserts between Phoenix and Yuma could hit 119 degrees.

An excessive heat warning will be in effect through Wednesday night for Tucson and much of Southern Arizona, while Phoenix and Western Arizona will have a warning in place through Friday night.

The warning continues a notice issued last week, that covered Friday through Monday for Tucson.

Highs well above the century mark are forecast for the Tucson area, including the Upper Santa Cruz River Valley, along with the Phoenix metro area, and Arizona’s central
deserts stretching to Yuma, National
Weather Service officials said.

“The main weather story for Southeast Arizona the next several days reminds me of the time I ordered some hot wings… hot with a side of hot sauce. Not a pleasant experience to say the least.,” one NWS forecaster said over the weekend.

“Excessive heat continues through mid-week with high temperatures expected to approach record levels in some locations,” forecasters said Monday. “The combination of substantially drier air and a stable atmosphere will reduce thunderstorm chances today. Returning moisture and a more favorable weather pattern will result in thunderstorm chances returning Tuesday and increasing through the week.”

“Its almost a broken record at this point, but (excessive heat) remains significantly impactful for Southeast Arizona not only today but well into this week,” NWS said.

Across central Arizona and the western deserts, including the Phoenix area and Yuma, temperatures will spike to 109-119 degrees, NWS said.

“Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for
heat-related illnesses,” forecasters cautioned. “Take extra precautions
if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous
activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of
heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

Extreme heat
“will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses,
particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.”

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room,
stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors,” officials said.

Even so, “everyone should take precautions this weekend if you are planning on being outside during the day,” officials said.

“Look before you lock! It will be hot outside and dangerously hot inside a car,” NWS officials said.

“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles
under any circumstances,” NWS officials warned. “This is especially true
during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal
temperatures in a matter of minutes.”

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 degrees in under an
hour even with the windows open.