As the US experiences one of the hottest months ever recorded, the south-west is preparing for an unprecedented heatwave that could result in record-breaking temperatures up to 120F. The National Weather Service has issued warnings about the “life-threatening heat conditions” and urged people to take precautions. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming heatwave.
The Warning and Its Impacts
The National Weather Service is warning people to be prepared for “life-threatening heat conditions” and to take necessary precautions. The warning covers the entire Phoenix metro area and beyond in Arizona, and it will remain in effect until at least Sunday. The high temperatures could be on par with Phoenix’s second hottest day in history, which fell on 28 July 1995 when it reached 121F (49C). With the south-west entering another relentless scorcher, it’s very essential that all necessary precautions are taken as residents enter into “very dangerous to potentially life-threatening heat conditions”.
How to Stay Safe During the Heatwave
It’s important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. The NWS urged residents to use air conditioning when possible as fans may not be adequate. Cancel outdoor activities during the heat of the day, and check on elderly people, kids, and pets. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing to stay cool, and stay in the shade as much as possible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses include a fast and strong pulse, muscle pain or spasms, dizziness, fainting, hot, red, dry or damp skin, nausea, and heat rash.
The Climate Crisis Continues to Spiral
The latest heatwave is part of a larger trend. Over the past few years, the US has experienced more frequent and more severe heatwaves due to the climate crisis. With the increasing regularity of unbearable temperatures, it’s more important than ever to take necessary precautions to stay safe during the heatwave.
Closing Hiking Trails
In response to the heatwave, Phoenix authorities have closed some local hiking trails, including Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak from 11am to 5pm through at least Thursday. Arizona state parks issued a public warning, saying: “Avoid a heat-related emergency and be smart about summer hiking: be off the trail before the heat of the day (10-4 pm) and bring more water than you think you need.”
As the US braces for a record-breaking heatwave, it’s essential to take necessary precautions to stay safe. Stay hydrated, stay in the shade, and avoid outdoor activities during the heat of the day. The climate crisis continues to spiral, and it’s more important than ever to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the impacts of climate change.