HOT! HOT! HOT! Winter heat wave hits the Valley

Posted at 4:51 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-15 20:41:02-05

The Valley’s winter heat wave is breaking records left and right. But along with great pool weather comes some concerns about ways to stay cool, stay away from snakes and avoid allergens.


Many will turn on their air conditioning units this week. You’ll want to change the filter since most people forget during the winter. Then try to turn it on. If it doesn’t turn on check the circuit breaker and reset it.

If it's still not working check the fuses. You can take them to a hardware store to make sure they're not the problem. If all else fails-call the repair person to get it fixed sooner rather than later when temperatures really start to soar.

Warmer temperatures also bring out unwanted critters like snakes and scorpions. Beware of the scorpions that crawl up walls. Those can be especially dangerous even deadly to children. And look around your garage for snakes. Bryan Hughes with Rattlesnake Solutions says “It sounds a little unsettling that there might be a-have been a snake spending the winter in their garage but it's a common scenario so just be careful when you're cleaning out the garage or starting to get into your tools to go work on the yard for the spring,”

Allergies have also been particularly bad. So avoid being outdoors if you can and rinse off if you’ve been outside for a long time. You’ve probably accumulated pollen on your skin and clothes. Dr. Jeffrey Taffet of Biltmore Ear, Nose, Throat, and Allergy says there are things you can do at home as well. ”If you take Downey fabric softener, you put it on a wet washcloth and you run it over your cat-if your cat lets you which is another factor-that will actually remove the dander and make your cat les allergic to other people,” he adds.