Near record heat for for Tucson, Southern Az through Monday

Parts of Southern Arizona will be under an excessive heat warning through Monday, as the Tucson metro area and other areas could see temperatures up to 114 degrees during a heat wave. Phoenix and the western deserts could hit 118 degrees.

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

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

“Temperatures are expected to approach record levels in some locations,” forecasters said. A high pressure ridge moving in from Northern California and then slowly northward into Utah “will result in hot daytime temperatures and a low-grade monsoon through early next week, with deeper moisture moving back into the region mid to late next week.”

High temperatures will remain above average, but there is a possibility monsoon rains will return toward the end of next week, forecasters 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.”

High
temperatures will range from 105 to 110 degrees, and the 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.