Hot weather in Arizona

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by Tyler Baldwin

Video report by Tyler Baldwin and Meteorologist Royal Norman

Posted on August 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 2 at 6:20 PM

PHOENIX – Arizona is breaking records with the hot temperatures in the Valley of the Sun. An excessive heat warning is in effect.

A new study says thousands will go to the emergency room with a heat-related illness. Yet, people spend days without air conditioning.

According to the National Weather Service heat is the number one cause of weather related death. It’s obviously a dangerous time right now. A thermometer in a car for a few hours read 140 degrees.

Jose Cecena knows exactly what life without an air conditioner is like. He spent the weekend in his house without one.

This weekend’s monsoon knocked down a half a dozen power poles in his neighborhood near 27th Avenue and Washington. Thousands of people at one point were without power.

APS eventually got everyone’s power back but it took a few days. Cecena just got his power turned back on Tuesday afternoon.

It was just too hot to stay inside his house. His family spent the weekend with relatives.

He has a broken make-shift garage and a tool shed lying on the ground in shambles. He has been unable to clean up the damage from the storm because he has no place to cool off.

You have to take precautions when working on a hot day.

However, a new study by the Center for Disease Control found that heat-related illness often strikes when participating in recreational activities as well.

Six thousand people a year are sent to the hospital for that very reason. Men account for the majority - more than 72 percent.

Football was the biggest culprit, accounting for almost a fourth of those ER visits. Jogging or walking was second at 20 percent.

However, among those over 45-years-old, the most common recreational activity that led to heat illness was golf.
Quite a few people are taking advantage of the summer rates at Encanto Golf Course.

Victor Pechar will walk the course in this heat. He has some tips for anyone wanting to play golf for a few hours in weather like this: drink plenty of water, skip the beer cart and find some shade. Pechar explains, "You know stay hydrated. Use lots of sun block. I usually shank the ball into the shade all the time, into the trees, so that always helps."

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