Valley under Excessive Heat Warning

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PHOENIX -- After a somewhat mild start to summer, the heat is officially here. Especially hot weather can be expected in the Valley all during the week ahead, with the warmest temperatures today and tomorrow. 

So far this summer, the highest we've watched the mercury climb has been to 112 degrees, but we should pass that mark today and tomorrow with afternoon highs near 114, possibly even 115.

Those temperatures won't break any records, but they're well above the normal 106-degree highs we usually see this time of year. 

Because of the daytime heat combined with especially warm overnight lows, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Valley from 10 a.m. today until 8 p.m. Wednesday. 

Here are some tips from the NWS website on how to prepare and protect yourself from the heat.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water. If you wear a wide-brimmed hat, your head and body will be much cooler.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency; call 911.