PHOENIX - It's approaching that time in Arizona where the thermometer tends to stay above the 100-degree mark and the sun stays in the sky a little bit longer. Welcome to summer!
This summer your ABC15 Forecasters want to keep you safe, healthy and informed.
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The National Weather Service can issue three heat-related warnings:
Excessive Heat Outlook means that extreme heat could be hitting the Valley within the next three to five days.
Excessive Heat Watch means that extreme heat could hit the valley within the next two to three days
Excessive Heat Warning means extreme heat will occur today or tomorrow.
The National Weather Service issues these warnings when unusually hot weather, noting Arizona's hot standards, will be making its way into the Valley.
Fun Fact: The NWS issues an Excessive Heat Warning on June 1, 2013 because it was the first day of the year temperatures were approaching the 109 to 110-degree mark.
Visit the Arizona Department of Health website for more information and signs on heat-related illnesses.
When the temperatures get hot, it's easy for us to get dehydrated and suffer from heat exhaustion. In Arizona, the heat can be dangerous. There are ways to protect yourself against the heat.