• Creative way to help the pooch cool off

    We're in the dog days of summer in Phoenix! I know I do my best to keep cool if I'm outside, but I saw a pretty creative idea in my neighborhood to help pets do the same! 

  • The latest hot car deaths came in Arizona on triple-digit degree days over the weekend, with two baby boys found forgotten in vehicles in separate incidents. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Child advocates urge back-seat alarms as 2 die in Arizona

    A proposed law that would require carmakers to build alarms for back seats is being pushed by child advocates who say it will prevent kids from dying in hot cars.

  • Some good (and bad) news about the Phoenix heat

    Let's start with the good. Temperatures are on their downward slide from here on out in Phoenix!

  • Phoenix could see another near-record year in terms of temperature. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    The heat index

    “The heat index, also known as the apparent temperature, is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature,” the NWS explains on Weather.gov.

  • Tracey Rhodes, a horticulturist at Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens, spreads a net over a yellowing whale’s tongue cactus.(Source: Chris Benincaso/Cronkite News)

    Cacti feel the burn of harsh Phoenix summer

    The Arizona icon of desert survival can’t always take the heat.

  • Reseacher Peter Crank, who studies urban heat, prepares for his research from the skies. He collects data on air temperatures compared to surface tempeartures. (Photo courtesy of Peter Crank and Mary Wright)

    Researchers study urban heat from the sky, with hopes of a slightly cooler future

    One researcher takes to the skies, while another is rooted to the ground. Both are on a mission to learn more about urban heat. 

  • Phoenix could see another near-record year in terms of temperature. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    This year has been the 2nd hottest on record

    If you think this has been a hot year so far, you are right.  

  • Phoenix hits 118 degrees Friday, breaks record set in 1905

    Phoenix has broken a 112-year-old record for heat. 

  • LIST: Free splash pads in Phoenix

    Cool off at one of Phoenix's free splash pads.

  • DONATIONS NEEDED: Salvation Army needs help with heat relief efforts

    With the return of 100-degree temperatures, the Salvation Army is setting up heat relief stations across the Valley. 

  • New heat wave triggers Excessive Heat Warning for Phoenix

    The National Weather Service has once again issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Phoenix metro area and surrounding cities – the second such warning in just a few weeks.

  • The heat is real in the Valley. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    MCSO calls on residents to check on neighbors after heat-related deaths

    The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is calling on neighbors to check on their older neighbors as the mercury is expected to pass the 110 degree mark. 

  • Recent record-setting temperatures leave baby birds vulnerable to heat exposure related deaths. (Source: SRP Connect )

    SRP employees save birds from the heat

    Scorching temperatures are taking unlikely victims in the Valley this summer.

  • Heat a possible factor in 12 Maricopa County deaths

    Maricopa County, the state's largest municipality, saw 130 heat deaths last year, compared with 85 in 2015.

  • The victims were identified as Keith and Connie Cox. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Couple found dead in sweltering room at retirement community

    Officials are investigating the deaths of two people who were found in a room with a broken air conditioning unit on Friday as being heat-related.

  • (Source: Family of Oralia Parra)

    Peoria PD: Elderly woman dies of apparent heat exhaustion

    An elderly woman with Alzheimer's died Thursday afternoon after she left a care facility in Peoria, police said.

  • Heat wave boosts burns in Phoenix as pavement, cars scald

    The main burn center in Phoenix has seen its emergency department visits double during the heat wave that is scorching the Southwest U.S., including people burning their bare feet on the scalding pavement.

  • Is my car on fire? No, just summer in Arizona

    Your car is baking in the heat; here's how to help

    Some of these you may know, but here are a few easy things you can to do try and keep that car as cool as possible while we bake for the next few months.

  • Thousands attended the Warped Tour in the west Valley. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Warped Tour hampered by heat rocks on

    More than 15,000 people braved the heat as the Warped Tour kicked off in west Phoenix Thursday.

  • Hiking in Arizona (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Why Phoenix doesn't have a hot weather 'stupid hiker law'

    Arizonans experience the extreme heat every summer, with temperatures crawling towards 120 degrees.

  • (Source: Arizona Humane Society)

    Phoenix business helps keep animals cool at Arizona Humane Society

    A Phoenix business is helping keep the animals at Arizona Humane Society (AHS) cool this summer.

  • Det. Dee Daniel with MCSO checks on a dog in the heat. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    MCSO Animal Crimes Unit keeping an eye out for pets in distress during extreme temps

    Heat can affect animals just as much as it can people, and taking care of them on extreme heat days isn't only crucial, it’s the law. 

  • Places in AZ hotter than Phoenix during heat wave

    Even though Phoenix hit a new heat record with the temperature at 119 degrees on June 20, it wasn't the hottest place in the state. 

  • How long does 600 pounds of ice take to melt? (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    How long would it take for 600 pounds of ice to melt in Phoenix heat?

    3TV/CBS 5 held a live stream of ice melting in the parking lot to determine the length it would take for 600 pounds of ice to melt.

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Marching band practices outside during record heat in Tempe

    From dedicated drummers to tenacious trumpeters, this local marching band never misses a practice, even in extreme heat.

  • The heat keeps coming Wednesday morning

    Record-heat is expected once again across Arizona, and forecasters at the National Weather Service are extending Excessive Heat Warnings now through Sunday.

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    2 men air-lifted from Bartlett Lake for heat-related injuries after accident, truck submerged

    According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, the two men were loading up as they were getting ready to leave when their truck began slipping into the water. 

  • Emergency animal medical technicians with the Arizona Humane Society responded to at least 55 heat-related calls Tuesday. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Emergency calls to Humane Society spike on Phoenix's fourth-hottest day ever

    Emergency animal medical technicians with the Arizona Humane Society responded to dozens of heat-related calls Tuesday, the fourth-hottest day in recorded history in Phoenix.

  • Dolphinaris keeps the water at 75 degrees for the dolphins. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Trainers keep dolphins safe in 119 degree heat

    Trainers at the dolphinarium in the East Valley have several ways to keep the dolphins safe in the record heat.

  • Despite the heat wave, people still hit the tennis court. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Some aren't letting record heat keep them from outdoor activities

    While most of us are hunkering down in air conditioned buildings, others didn't let the heat get in the way of their routine on Tuesday.

  • Crazy heat! Summer starts with a bang as Phoenix temps reach 119

    Summer doesn't even officially start until later Tuesday evening, but you wouldn't know if from our extreme heat. By 2 p.m. it was already 119 degrees. 

  • American Eagle Bombardier CRJ700 Regional Jet (Source: http://us.bombardier.com/)

    Heat wave: American Airlines cancels 43 Tuesday flights because of heat

    American Airlines has canceled 43 flights on Tuesday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport due to the heat wave.

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Southwest marks first day of summer with heat wave

    The first day of summer is forecast to bring some of the worst heat the southwestern U.S. has seen in years. 

  • Alan Schwandt, an air conditioning repairman, examines a broken outdoor unit in Scottsdale, Ariz., Monday, June 19, 2017.(AP Photo/Angie Wang)

    As heat wave hits, air-conditioner fixers are in hot demand

    During the summer, air conditioning repairmen are in hot demand.

  • Zookeepers regularly monitor the animals assessing for signs of heat exhaustion, lethargy and abnormal activity. (Source: Phoenix Zoo)

    Phoenix Zoo keeps cool as the summer heats up

    With the summer nearing record-breaking temperatures, this summer the Phoenix Zoo is taking extra precautions to keep its animals and visitors cool, and comfortable.

  • With the excessive heat, don't forget to take care of your pets. [Source: 3TV/CBS 5]

    MCSO reminds owners to keep pets cool during extreme heat

    With these high temperatures, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is reminding pet parents to keep their animals are cool during this time. 

  • (Source:Kheng Guan Toh)

    Hottest days on record in Phoenix

    Check out the hottest days Phoenix has ever seen.

  • Urban farms have a plan for plants in extreme heat. (19 June 2017) [Sourve: 3TV/CBS 5 News]

    Urban farms still picking in extreme heat

    Even in extreme heat, a few urban farms are keeping their crops alive. 

  • Hiking in the extreme heat is not advised. (19 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News]

    Just say NO to hiking in the extreme heat

    heat and hiking

    The warning of extreme heat have not stopped hikers from hitting the trails. It is not recommended.   

  • Firefighters hydrate with water at the scene of a house fire. (19 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News]

    Firefighters battle and prepare for fires, heat

    With record-breaking heat, when the alarm sounds, Firefighters still respond to the call of duty. 

  • Dairy cows keep cool under the misting system. (19 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS 5 News]

    Keeping cows cool a top priority for AZ dairy farmer's

    Making sure Arizona's dairy cows are cool and content is a top priority for Dairy Farmer's, especially during this heatwave.

  • Sizzling heat wave creates health hazard in southwestern US

    The southwestern U.S. is about to feel the wrath of a punishing heat wave that includes a forecast of 120 degrees (48.8 Celsius) in Phoenix - a temperature not seen in the desert city in more than 20 years.

  • (Source: Jaromír Chalabala via 123RF)

    Phoenix heat wave: Too hot to fly?

    A dangerous heat wave is coming to the Valley. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Valley for Saturday morning through next Wednesday night.

  • American Airlines sent customers a notice warning them that the high temperatures from Monday to Wednesday between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. may "impact flight operations, specifically regional flights that operate on smaller aircraft." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    American Airlines alerting Phoenix passengers of potential heat related delays

    The extreme heat in the forecast for Phoenix this week could impact travel plans.

  • Our stretch of intense heat is just beginning and it's more than an uncomfortable nuisance, it's downright dangerous. We'll be under heat warnings for several days and these warnings shouldn't be taken lightly. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Maricopa County heat-associated deaths by the numbers

    Our stretch of intense heat is just beginning and it's more than an uncomfortable nuisance, it's downright dangerous. We'll be under heat warnings for several days and these warnings shouldn't be taken lightly.

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    High temperatures in Phoenix could mean flight delays next week

    How hot will it be in Phoenix next week? So hot that one airline is warning passengers that they could encounter heat-related delays while traveling through Sky Harbor Airport.  

  • (Source: AAA Arizona)

    With extreme heat in the forecast, prepare yourself and your vehicle

    With extreme heat in the forecast, it’s especially important for drivers to plan before taking to state highways, starting with having a fully charged cellphone and extra drinking water for all passengers, including pets.

  • Prepare for extreme heat early next week

    A major heatwave is moving into Arizona starting today, with Valley temperatures reaching 120 by early next week.

  • Southwest US preps for 120 temps: Water, water, more water

    When bracing for 120 degrees, it's all about the water. Drinking it, splashing in it to stay cool, and drinking it some more. A lot more.

  • Heat Deaths Since 2001 (Source--Maricopa County Public Health)

    Heat Warnings in the desert? Yes.

    The coming heatwave is serious business and officials are concerned about the safety of our most vulnerable residents.

  • The San Francisco Peaks

    High country heat: Has Flagstaff ever hit 100?

    With 120-degree heat possible next week, many of you may be thinking about escaping the heat in a place like Flagstaff. Why not?! They have an elevation of 7,000 feet and their average temperature this time of year is in the upper 70's.  

  • (Source; Maricopa County Animal Care and Control)

    Taking your pup in the pool? Water safety tips for 4-legged friends

    With our temps reaching the crazy triple digits, many pet owners are tempted to take their pets into the pool to cool off.   

  • (Source: National Weather Service and 3TV/CBS5)

    HeatRisk mapping tool helps you prepare for heat wave

    With serious heat on the horizon – Phoenix, along with much of the state, will be under an Excessive Heat Warning Saturday through Wednesday – preparation is key. 

  • (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Monsoon 2017 starts as epic heat wave rolls in

    It’s here! The official first day of monsoon 2017. And it’s riding in on a serious heat wave. 

  • (Source: CBS News)

    Gov. Ducey signs bill allowing hot car rescues of kids and pets

    Governor Doug Ducey has signed a bill that allows people to rescue kids and pets from hot cars. On Thursday,  the House joined the Senate in the approval of House Bill 2494. The measure provides lawsuit protections for people who break into cars to rescue children or pets.

  • It's going to be a scorcher! Heat wave headed to Phoenix

    Get ready for a major heat wave to come rolling into town this week, bringing sunshine, sweat and some serious triple digit temps. On Tuesday, desert-dwellers lucked out as we soaked in one last day of cooler-than-normal temperatures.  

  • Top 5 hottest days in Phoenix

    Extreme heat is just days away. But will we beat any of the hottest days that have broken records in Phoenix? We could be well on our way. Temps are expected to hit 120 by next Tuesday. 

  • There are a number of things homeowners and car owners can do to get ready for the "extreme heat" expected to hit the Phoenix-area next week. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Home/auto experts offer advice on coping with extreme heat

    There are a number of things homeowners and car owners can do to get ready for the "extreme heat" expected to hit the Phoenix-area next week.

  • On a 100-degree day, APS says all of its customers use about 4,500 megawatts of power at any given moment. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Hot week to come could result in record energy usage

    While the National Weather Service is cranking out heat warnings, many of us are preparing to crank up our air conditioners, nearly doubling the daily amount of power consumed in the Valley. With those record temps looming, APS is getting ready. 

  • There were  t-shirts made, telling people that they survived the hottest day in history. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Will we hit 122 degrees?

    Record heat is moving in. The hottest day will be 118 on Monday, and that is just 4 degrees shy of the all-time record of 122. Could we hit that mark again someday?

  • (Courtesy: Jasmine Berthold)

    Heat may have caused woman's car window to shatter

    One Valley woman said the extreme heat shattered her car's windshield while she was driving.

  • A cool December helped 2016 avoid being the hottest year in the Valley. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    2016 ties for 3rd-hottest on record in Phoenix

    2016 just tied for the 3rd-warmest year in Phoenix. What can we expect for 2017?

  • On average the Phoenix metro area sweats through 92 days (three months!) of 100 degrees or higher and 11 days (nearly two weeks) of 110 degrees or more.  (Source: vladischern via 123 RF)

    Heat safety 101

    On average the Phoenix metro area sweats through 92 days (three months!) of 100 degrees or higher and 11 days (nearly two weeks) of 110 degrees or more, according to the National Weather Service. There are several easy things you can do to protects yourself and your loved ones.

  • Phoenix ties for 3rd hottest city in U.S.

    Just as a heat dome scorched the nation, ClimateCentral.org released its findings of the hottest and fastest-warming cities in the U.S. No surprise, Phoenix makes the lists. 

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