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Extreme heat and "cact-ice"

Posted at 7:31 AM, Jun 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-19 19:48:00-04

Tucson is expected to hit a high of 113 degrees today. When Tucson hit these extreme temperatures last year, four people died from the extreme heat.

The Arizona Department of Transportation reminds drivers to be extra prepared for the extreme heat. They recommend all drivers have a fully charged cell phone, extra water, as well as sunscreen, a first aid kit, and healthy snacks.

These precautions are in case a car was to break down along the highway, leaving a person or persons stranded in the extreme heat.

Do you know the signs of heat exhaustion?

  • Headaches and profuse sweating
  • Stomach or muscle cramps
  • Heavy sweating followed by a lack of sweating
  • Pale skin and dizziness are other symptoms

Our friends at IceT Ice Art are helping us out with a little experiment.  How long will it take a cactus ice sculpture to melt in the heat?

HEAT RELATED STORIES:

Extreme heat safety and preparation on the roads
Look out for signs of heat exhaustion
Airport travelers could face possible delays due to heat
Simple steps to keep your car running in the summer heat

Rush to get AC repairs ahead of heat
City, county pools to open

ARIZONA WILDFIRES:

Crews fight Frye Fire near Safford
Rucker Fire burning near Douglas 90 percent contained
Lizard Fire growth stymied
Smith Fire in Cochise County fully contained
Sawmill Fire marks start of a potentially busy wildfire season in Arizona