No joke! This is some serious stuff. So serious, that if it's your first Big Hot, nobody would blame you for running for the hills! But take heart. It's also Monsoon in Arizona: a wonderful chance for it to rain on an almost daily basis! Between the heat and the monsoon, there's a few things you should know! This is what the National Weather Service in Phoenix says:
...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING...
* AFFECTED AREA...South Central Arizona including Phoenix and the surrounding desert communities.
* TEMPERATURE...Highs 110 to 118 degrees.
* IMPACTS...Very hot temperatures will significantly increase the potential for heat related illness. Those working or exercising outdoors during the daytime, the elderly, and those without access to adequate air conditioning will be most at risk.
Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars. Drink more water than usual and avoid alcohol, sugar, and caffeine. When outdoors, wear light colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head and body cooler. Take frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Public places with air conditioning include libraries, community centers, government buildings, malls, and special refuge stations.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. Early symptoms include things such as headache, thirst, and muscle cramps. Serious symptoms include weakness, skin that is cool to the touch, fast but weak pulse, nausea, and fainting. Severe symptoms include hot and red dry skin, fast and strong Pulse, sweating that has stopped, and unconsciousness. Untreated heat illness can lead to fatal heat stroke.
Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay informed.
We'll try to send you off on a nice KEZ Staycation! This week is the We-Ko-Pa Resort (until 6/16), next week is the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess for two lovely nights!(6/19-6/23). Just start your workday with Beth And Friends and the 99 Minute Workday Kickoff. Beth will ask for the 9th caller to 602-260-0999 at around 9:09 each weekday morning! Good Luck, and HYDRATE! Start NOW! I Mean it! ~Melissa (Not your mother or your boss. Just your workday buddy!)