First Excessive Heat Warnings of the year in effect

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- The hottest day so far of the year is expected Monday when highs in the Phoenix-metro area will range from 110 to 112 degrees. These temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue Excessive Heat Warnings for the south central deserts of Arizona.

During such an alert, health officials warn to take extra precautions while outside. Hydrate more than usual, wear light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep cool, limit outdoor activity to the early morning or late evening hours, take frequent breaks, check on the elderly and young children periodically, and know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. Heat is the number one weather-related killer.

A ridge of high pressure across the desert Southwest is responsible for this heat. A weak disturbance tracking across northern Arizona Monday will bring a little cloud cover to the area, but it won’t do a whole lot to drop temperatures. There’s also zero chance of rain.

With the official start of summer still more than two weeks away, the normal high for this time of year is about 100 degrees.

The good news is that overnight lows will continue to stay pretty mild/cool thanks to clear skies and a dry air mass.

Winds are expected to kick up across northwestern Arizona Monday afternoon. Gusts of 40 mph are possible. These speeds combined with high temperatures and low relative humidity down to 10 percent prompted Red Flag Warnings for this part of the state Monday.

Triple digits will stick around across the Valley all next week and into the weekend, with temperatures bottoming out around 106 late week.

Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign

With temperatures about to hit triple digits on a regular basis, the City of Mesa is working with nonprofit agencies and businesses to provide supplies of water to the homeless and unsheltered. 

The eighth annual Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign will begin Monday, June 2.

Residents will be asked to donate water at various drop-off locations throughout the City:

Mesa Fire Department Volunteer Center
2830 E. Adobe (located behind Fire Station 206 at Lindsay and Adobe)
24-hour drop-off at Volunteer Center door

Red Mountain Multigenerational Center
7550 E. Adobe
5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday

Rhodes Aquatics Complex
1860 S. Longmore
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday

Mesa Main Library
64 E. First St.
10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday - Saturday

United Food Bank
245 S. Nina Drive (north of Broadway between Extension and Alma School)
6 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Collection bins will be available on evenings and weekends

Paz de Cristo          
424 W. Broadway
7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday - Sunday

A New Leaf - MesaCAN
635 E. Broadway
6 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday in front lobby

A New Leaf - East Valley Men's Center
2345 N. Country Club Drive
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily

Fiesta Mall - Guest Services
1445 W. Southern Ave.
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Saturday
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday

Superstition Springs Center - Guest Services
6555 E. Southern Ave.
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Saturday
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday

Mesa Chamber of Commerce
40 N. Center St. #104
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

The bottles of water that are collected are distributed through United Food Bank to numerous agencies in the valley, including A New Leaf-East Valley Men's Center, Paz de Cristo, Saint Vincent de Paul and Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS).

This year, there will be several special projects and promotions to collect water for the campaign.  Donating at the Rhodes Aquatics Complex Monday through Friday will provide a two-for-one admission to the pool. This does not include the FlowRider. Golfland SunSplash, 155 W. Hampton Ave., is offering Water Wednesday during June and July. Customers donating a case of water at the park on any Wednesday from June 4 through July 30 will receive one free admission with the purchase of a General Admission ticket for use the same day. It is not valid with any other coupons or discounts.

The Mesa Hydration Donation Campaign will be collecting water until Friday, September 12.