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It’s hot! Here are some ways to beat the heat as excessive temps hit Arizona

We're gearing up for a stretch of the hottest days of the year throughout Arizona.

PHOENIX —

Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 24, 2020. 

We're gearing up for a stretch of the hottest days of the year throughout Arizona.

Here are a few things to keep in mind. 

The National Weather Service is reminding people that heat is the leading cause of weather-related fatalities.  

National Weather Service tips for beating the heat: 

  • Drink lots of water 
  • Take cool showers and baths 
  • Wear light, loose clothing 
  • Stay in air-conditioned places
  • Seniors, children and those with health issues should stay in cool places

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Air conditioning maintenance tricks:

There are three things that you can do now to make sure your air conditioner is more likely to keep running through the hot summer months.

  1. Run it and make sure it works
  2. Tune it up every year
  3. Change your filter regularly

MORE: 3 air conditioner maintenance tips to complete now

Save money on your AC bill:

APS does not plan to lower rates amid the coronavirus crisis, but there are ways customers can try to save on their bills.

MORE: Ways to save on your electric bill as Arizona approaches triple digits

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