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Arizona’s Sizzling Week: How to Stay Cool Amid Soaring Temperatures

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As temperatures soar across Arizona this week, it’s essential to stay informed and take precautions to stay cool and safe. With forecasts predicting highs well into the triple digits, particularly in the state’s most populated cities, here are some practical tips and strategies to beat the heat and stay comfortable.

Projected High Temperatures in Arizona’s Top 10 Most Populated Cities

Phoenix

  • Monday: 108°F
  • Tuesday: 110°F
  • Wednesday: 112°F
  • Thursday: 113°F
  • Friday: 114°F
  • Saturday: 112°F
  • Sunday: 111°F

Tucson

  • Monday: 105°F
  • Tuesday: 107°F
  • Wednesday: 108°F
  • Thursday: 109°F
  • Friday: 110°F
  • Saturday: 108°F
  • Sunday: 107°F

Mesa

  • Monday: 107°F
  • Tuesday: 109°F
  • Wednesday: 111°F
  • Thursday: 112°F
  • Friday: 113°F
  • Saturday: 111°F
  • Sunday: 110°F

Chandler

  • Monday: 107°F
  • Tuesday: 109°F
  • Wednesday: 111°F
  • Thursday: 112°F
  • Friday: 113°F
  • Saturday: 111°F
  • Sunday: 110°F

Scottsdale

  • Monday: 106°F
  • Tuesday: 108°F
  • Wednesday: 110°F
  • Thursday: 111°F
  • Friday: 112°F
  • Saturday: 110°F
  • Sunday: 109°F

Glendale

  • Monday: 107°F
  • Tuesday: 109°F
  • Wednesday: 111°F
  • Thursday: 112°F
  • Friday: 113°F
  • Saturday: 111°F
  • Sunday: 110°F

Gilbert

  • Monday: 107°F
  • Tuesday: 109°F
  • Wednesday: 111°F
  • Thursday: 112°F
  • Friday: 113°F
  • Saturday: 111°F
  • Sunday: 110°F

Tempe

  • Monday: 107°F
  • Tuesday: 109°F
  • Wednesday: 111°F
  • Thursday: 112°F
  • Friday: 113°F
  • Saturday: 111°F
  • Sunday: 110°F

Peoria

  • Monday: 107°F
  • Tuesday: 109°F
  • Wednesday: 111°F
  • Thursday: 112°F
  • Friday: 113°F
  • Saturday: 111°F
  • Sunday: 110°F

Surprise

  • Monday: 107°F
  • Tuesday: 109°F
  • Wednesday: 111°F
  • Thursday: 112°F
  • Friday: 113°F
  • Saturday: 111°F
  • Sunday: 110°F

On Thursday, the hottest cities in Arizona are projected to be:

  • Phoenix: 113°F
  • Chandler: 112°F
  • Mesa: 112°F
  • Glendale: 112°F
  • Gilbert: 112°F
  • Tempe: 112°F
  • Peoria: 112°F
  • Surprise: 112°F

Tips for Staying Cool

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid sugary, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it often.
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Seek Shade and Cool Environments

  • Stay indoors or seek shaded areas during peak sun hours.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Parks with ample tree cover can provide natural shade.

Utilize Air-Conditioned Spaces

  • Spend time in air-conditioned buildings such as malls, libraries, or movie theaters.
  • Many cities offer cooling centers; check local resources for locations and hours.

Cool Off with Water Activities

  • Visit public pools, water parks, or splash pads.
  • Consider lakes or rivers for swimming or water sports.
  • Apply sunscreen frequently to protect your skin.

Plan Outdoor Activities Wisely

  • Schedule outdoor activities for early morning or late evening.
  • Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade and stay hydrated.

Use Cooling Products

  • Cooling towels, neck wraps, and portable fans can provide immediate relief.
  • These products are especially useful when you’re on the go.

Eat Light and Refreshing Foods

  • Opt for salads, fruits, and vegetables with high water content.
  • Avoid heavy meals and using the oven or stove, which can heat up your home.

Take Cool Showers

  • A cool shower or bath can quickly lower your body temperature.
  • This is especially helpful if you’ve been outside or if your home is warm.

Stay Informed

  • Keep an eye on weather forecasts and heat advisories.
  • Local news and weather apps can provide updates on temperature changes and heatwaves.

Check on Vulnerable Individuals

  • Ensure that family members, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly and those with health conditions, are staying cool and hydrated.
  • Offer assistance if they need help accessing cooler environments or resources.
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With these tips and strategies, you can stay cool and safe during Arizona’s extreme heat this week. Remember that heat-related illnesses can be serious, so take all necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones. Stay hydrated, seek shade, and make the most of air-conditioned spaces to beat the heat and enjoy the summer safely.

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