First Alert weather days issued as extreme heat engulfs Arizona
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Arizona’s Family weather team has issued several First Alert weather days as potentially dangerous temperatures are expected in central and western Arizona, including Phoenix. It’ll be in effect from Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Sunday at 8 p.m. as afternoon highs will likely surpass 110 degrees during this upcoming heat wave. It’s also possible we may get to 115 or more. The first day of an excessive heat warning by the National Weather Service starts Wednesday and lasts until Sunday night.
[FAQ: What is a First Alert Weather Day]
Typically, we get about 20 heat warnings each summer. However, in 2020 we had 48 excessive heat warnings: a record.
So why are we issuing these First Alert weather days? Yes, we expect high temperatures every year, but heat is still very dangerous. Here’s a chart comparing heat-related deaths from 2010 to 2020 in Arizona to deaths from lightning and flooding. Be careful out there and check on your neighbors.
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