Ex­ces­sive heat warn­ing is­sued for Yuma to­day

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The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice has is­sued an ex­ces­sive heat warn­ing for the area to­day, and the only mea­sur­able mois­ture Yuma-area res­i­dents will likely see this week is per­spi­ra­tion.

The warn­ing goes into ef­fect start­ing at 10 a.m. to­day and will last un­til about 8 p.m. for Yuma, Gra­ham, Green­lee, La Paz, Pima and Pi­nal coun­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the NWS, day­time highs are ex­pected to be in the 105-to-113- de­grees Fahren­heit range.

“We just have very strong high pres­sure, which is fairly typ­i­cal for this time of year, but it’s def­i­nitely a lit­tle stronger than it nor­mally is,” said Marvin Per­cha, a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the NWS in Phoenix. “We are prob­a­bly in a lot of sink­ing air and as a re­sult we are get­ting into very hot tem­per­a­tures.”

Per­cha added that while tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to be high, no records are ex­pected to be bro­ken. As for feel­ing the ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Bud, a storm spin­ning off Mexico’s west coast, Per­cha noted that it is un­likely that Yuma will see much rain, with only about a 10 to 15 per­cent chance this week­end.

“Right now we are watch­ing what may hap­pen with mois­ture from Hur­ri­cane Bud,” Per­cha said. “Es­pe­cially from about Fri­day af­ter­noon on­ward. It def­i­nitely looks like at least some mois­ture is go­ing to be mov­ing into the re­gion, but it’s just a mat­ter of how much. Right now as far as the Yuma area, it looks like the bulk of it is go­ing to stay to the east of Yuma. We cur­rently have very slight chances for rain.

“We are not ex­pect­ing a whole lot of rain in the Yuma area, but there is a slight pos­si­bil­ity that you could get some rain there per­haps from Fri­day night into Satur­day,” he added.

Dur­ing this hot pe­riod, the NWS ad­vises res­i­dents to stay cool, stay hy­drated and stay in­formed. A few pre­cau­tions the NWS rec­om­mends to take to pre­vent heat ex­haus­tion or heat­stroke in­clude stay­ing in air-con­di­tioned build­ings, lim­it­ing out­door ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the hottest part of the day (mid-day) and drink­ing wa­ter be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter work­ing or ex­er­cis­ing out­side.

The NWS also sug­gests to check­ing on at-risk friends, fam­ily and neigh­bors such as the el­derly, the sick and those with­out air con­di­tion­ing at least twice a day.

The agency notes that hot tem­per­a­tures of 105 or above can in­crease po­ten­tial for heat-re­lated ill­ness. Those at risk in­clude those work­ing or be­ing ac­tive out­doors dur­ing the day­time or those with­out ac­cess to ad­e­quate air con­di­tion­ing.

NWS ad­vises peo­ple to never leave pets or kids unat­tended in cars, and to avoid sugar, al­co­hol and caf­feine. While spend­ing time out­doors, the agency sug­gests wear­ing light-col­ored cloth­ing with a wide-brimmed hat to kept the head and body cooler. Frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ments are also help­ful.

The NWS web page states that early symp­toms of heat-re­lated ill­ness in­clude headache, thirst and mus­cle cramps.

Se­ri­ous symp­toms in­clude weak­ness, skin that is cool to the touch, fast but weak pulse, nau­sea and faint­ing. The agency lists se­vere symp­toms as hot and red dry skin, fast and strong pulse, sweat­ing that has stopped, and un­con­scious­ness.

The NWS also warns that un­treated heat ill­ness can lead to fa­tal heat­stroke.

Lo­ca­tions open to the pub­lic with air con­di­tion­ing in­clude li­braries, com­mu­nity cen­ters, gov­ern­ment build­ings and spe­cial refuge sta­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion on heat safety, visit www.weather.gov/safety/heat

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A WORKER TAKES A LONG DRINK OF WA­TER dur­ing a mid-day break on a Yuma job­site. The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice has is­sued an ex­ces­sive heat warn­ing for nine coun­ties in Ari­zona, in­clud­ing Yuma County, un­til 8 p.m. to­day. Day­time highs are ex­pected to be in the 105- to 113de­gree range. Res­i­dents are ad­vised to “stay cool, stay hy­drated, and stay in­formed.”

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