A dangerous heat wave is continuing to bake the Southwest US, with temperatures soaring well above normal. In Phoenix, Arizona, temperatures are expected to reach 117 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday, which would break the city’s all-time record high. In Las Vegas, Nevada, temperatures are expected to reach 116 degrees Fahrenheit, which would also be a record high.
The heat wave is being caused by a persistent high-pressure system that is trapping hot air in the region. The heat is expected to continue for several days, and there is a risk of heat-related illnesses for people who are not careful.
Health officials are urging people to stay hydrated, wear light-colored clothing, and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day. They are also urging people to check on their neighbors and elderly relatives to make sure they are staying safe.
The heat wave is also having an impact on the environment. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for parts of the Southwest, which means that there is a high risk of wildfires. The heat and dry conditions are making it easy for fires to start and spread.
The heat wave is a reminder of the dangers of climate change. As the planet warms, heat waves are becoming more common and more intense. This is a serious threat to public health and safety, and it is something that we need to take seriously.
Here are some tips for staying safe during a heat wave:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.
- Check on your neighbors and elderly relatives to make sure they are staying safe.
- If you must go outside, be sure to take frequent breaks in the shade.
- If you start to feel sick, seek medical attention immediately.
Here are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of a heat-related illness:
- Install a ceiling fan or window air conditioner in your home.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, stay in a cool place during the day, such as a library or mall.
- Take a cool shower or bath.
- Drink cool fluids, such as water, juice, or sports drinks.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you.
- Eat light meals.
- If you are outside, wear a hat and sunglasses, and use sunscreen.
By following these tips, you can help stay safe during a heat wave.
Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA): “The heat wave in the Southwest is dangerous and deadly. Please stay safe and take precautions. If you see someone who needs help, please offer assistance.”
American Red Cross: “The heat wave in the Southwest is a serious threat to public safety. Please stay hydrated, wear light-colored clothing, and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day. If you need help, please call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.”