Keep your animals inside!!! Watch their paws when you take them potty. And do NOT walk them until it cools down. And if a dog is seen left alone in a car. Authorities will be notified it’s the law. Remember that.
Summer has hit us in Arizona. The temperature today is supposed to hit around 115F. It is so hot that when I open the front door, the wave oh heat hits you in the chest like a punch. You always let out a gasp and say “omg it is hot”. Quickly race to the car get the air conditioning going as quickly as you can. Run back into the house and wait five minutes before going back to your car. Do NOT touch anything metal outside, you will burn your hands.
As you scoot across the yard you must keep your eyes on the ground in watch for the rattlesnake that might be hiding in your path. Sunglasses and hat on you make it to the car as your freshly applied makeup runs down your face with your perspiration. Asking yourself, why did I bother putting that foundation on ? You are thankful the air condition is kicked in. That is if you have air conditioning in your cars which we don’t. You have to make your trip quick and efficient when you have no air conditioning in the car. All windows down, hair must be up and forget makeup there is no point. Sunscreen covers your body. And you hold your water bottle like a lifeline, literally. Without water in these temps,you can die.
Back in the house, the dogs are laying on top of the air conditioning vents on the floor. Husband is sprawled out on the bed in Arizona attire with the fan pointed directly at him. Midday siesta time. You see him laying there and cancel your plans to go anywhere in the car. Run outside turn the car off run back inside and join your husband in the cool bliss.
Welcome to Arizona summertime. Post from National weather service follows:
Excessive Heat Warning remains in effect until 8 PM MST /8 PM pdt/ Sunday.
- Affected area: The lower deserts of Southwest Arizona, and southeast California including the Lower Colorado River Valley as well as the Imperial Valley.
- Temperature: highs 111 to 118 degrees on the lower deserts Friday through Sunday, with peak heat likely to occur on Saturday.
- Impacts: heat-related illness will be likely for those doing strenuous activity outdoors, or those with health conditions that do not have adequate access to air conditioning. If untreated, some illness events could be fatal.
Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars. Drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. When outdoors, wear light-colored clothing and a Wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and body cooler. Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Public Places with air conditioning include libraries, community centers, government buildings, malls, and special refuge stations.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Early symptoms include things such as headache, thirst, and muscle cramps. Serious symptoms include weakness, skin that is cool to the touch, fast but weak Pulse, nausea, and fainting. Severe symptoms include hot and red dry skin, fast and strong pulse. Sweating that has stopped, and unconsciousness. Untreated heat illness can lead to fatal heat stroke.
Stay cool, stay hydrated, Stay Informed.