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How to stay safe as Arizona temperatures set records

"This is the dangerous heat that will kill children and animals," said Phoenix Fire Department Spokesman Rob McDade.

ARIZONA, USA — It is heating up in the Valley. 

The first 100-plus degree days are expected this weekend. With that in mind, experts want to share some important safety reminders.

"This is the dangerous heat that will kill children and animals,"  said Phoenix Fire Department Spokesman Rob McDade.

Sunday's excessive heat warning is the earliest heat warning the National Weather Service has ever issued for Phoenix, and Team 12's meteorologists warn a record-setting high is on the way.

"This is the type of heat that it will not take that long to become fatal for a child or animal left inside of a car," McDade said.

When it is about 100 degrees outside, the inside of your car reaches 120 degrees in 10 minutes, 134 degrees in 30 minutes, and 143 degrees in 60 minutes. As a result, if you are traveling with a child or a pet be sure to leave something you need at your next stop in the backseat, maybe your cell phone, for example. It could save a life.

Now, if you are headed outside for exercise, remember your body isn't acclimated to the heat yet.

“So if you take the family hiking, if you are going outside, monitor your time outside,” McDade said. “Because once you feel thirsty, once you're overheated, it's usually too late.”

Self-described frequent Piestewa Peak hiker Will Rudolphi shared a couple of his tips. 

"Lots of water, stretching,” he said. “I feel like those are those are just the two things, because it's just a complete stair stepper going all the way up." 

Remember, if you are out, social distancing is still in effect. And no dogs are allowed on any trails when temperatures are 100 and above.

Arizona State Parks and Trails is monitoring the situation around COVID-19 and the impact of coronavirus for our state parks. We are taking the recommended precautions presented by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to provide a safe experience for our visitors as they responsibly enjoy campsites, cabins and hiking trails throughout Arizona's state parks.