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Excessive Heat Warning: San Tan Valley Urged to Take Precautions


The sizzle of summer is in full swing, and its implications are becoming increasingly severe for residents of San Tan Valley and other parts of Arizona. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Warning, which includes San Tan Valley and spans several counties such as La Paz, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Yuma County. This warning will be in place until 8/29.

Those living and visiting these areas should be on high alert as temperatures are projected to reach a blistering 117°F. These hazardous temperatures present the potential for grave health concerns, with the risk of life-threatening illnesses and even death.

Safety Measures to Navigate the Heat:

  • Stay Cool:
    • Limit outdoor activities to the cooler times of day, like the early mornings or late evenings.
    • Identify and utilize local cooling centers in San Tan Valley that provide free air conditioning and water.
    • Emphasize the danger of leaving children or pets alone in vehicles. The temperature inside can surge rapidly, leading to deadly consequences.
  • Stay Hydrated:
    • Ensure continuous hydration by drinking ample water throughout the day.
    • Avoid drinks containing alcohol, high caffeine, or sugar levels.
    • If partaking in activities in the heat, be sure to follow guidelines for appropriate hydration levels.
  • Stay Informed:
    • Familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
    • Regularly check the weather updates, focusing on temperature, humidity, and UV indices.
    • Be proactive in checking on neighbors, friends, and family, especially those who might be more vulnerable to conditions like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • Be Sun Wise:
    • Equip yourself with protective gear like sunglasses, hats, and lightweight clothing to fend off the sun's direct rays.
    • Use SPF 30+ sunscreen consistently to prevent skin damage from UV rays.

Residents should be mindful that everyone, regardless of age, health, or how long they've lived in Arizona, is susceptible to heat-induced health issues. Following these precautions will not only ensure personal safety but also protect the community at large.

Stay tuned to SanTanValley.com for more updates and information on how to stay safe during this extreme heatwave. Our top priority is the well-being of the San Tan Valley community. Let's take care of each other and stay safe during these hot times.
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