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Arizona's Maricopa County announces year's first heat death

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Posted at 11:31 AM, Jun 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-01 14:31:41-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s largest county is announcing the first recorded heat-related death of the year. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health said Tuesday the death was of an older man.

There were a record 323 heat deaths in the county last year. Summer temperatures in Phoenix and other Maricopa County cities regularly soar into the triple digits.

People suffer heat-associated illness when their bodies cannot properly cool off. While most heat-related deaths occur in July and August, they are seen as early as April and as late as October. Last summer was among the hottest for the county on record.