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Excessive heat in Tucson could lead to heat-related illness

Posted: 5:38 AM, Aug 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-14 09:18:26-04
Dangerous heat cranking up

TUCSON, Ariz. - An excessive heat warning is in effect for Tucson starting Wednesday, August 14 at 10 a.m. and going through until Thursday, August 15 at 8 p.m.

The heat warning started as a heat watch earlier this week but was upgraded. Now the potential for a person to get a what related illness has also increased.

Heat related illness are something Mary Wach, who works at Tucson Medical Center for Children says can happen very quickly.

Wach told KGUN9 someone can go from experiencing heat exhaustion to heat stroke very quickly, sometimes by only spending a small amount of time in the heat.

"If you're experiencing excessive sweating, any signs of dehydration which could be like a change in your color of urine, excessive thirst, rapid heartbeat, those kinds of things are symptoms of heat exhaustion and that can lead to heat stroke which is an internal core temperature of 104 degrees or higher," said Wach.

Wach added that if heat exhaustion symptoms don't stop after about 15 minutes that is when she recommend you seek medical attention.

Even though the heat warning is effect in Tucson on both Wednesday and Thursday, it was been extended into Friday in other parts of the state.