PHOENIX — Phoenix is having its hottest day of 2021 as the mercury has officially hit 90 degrees for the first time this year on Thursday.
The milestone doesn't break any historical records for the state. The average first 90-degree day typically falls on March 31.
The last day Phoenix saw a 90-degree temperature was back on Nov. 14. The earliest the city has ever seen a 90-degree day was Feb. 17, with the latest ever first 90-degree day being May 12.
The city broke numerous heat-related records in 2020, including having the most 110-degree days in a single year and having the warmest autumn ever recorded in the state.
The National Weather Service wants to remind people how to stay safe and beat the heat early, before temperatures reach 100 degrees and beyond, including:
- Drinking lots of water
- Taking cool showers and baths
- Wearing light, loose clothing
- Staying in air-conditioned places
- Seniors, children and those with health issues should stay in cool places
Furry family members will also be feeling the heat as temperatures start to soar, as surfaces like concrete, asphalt, and even rock can injure your pet's paws.
Remember to only walk your pet earlier in the morning or later in the evenings and be aware if your pet is showing any signs of dehydration or exhaustion
Another important asset that may be affected by rising temperatures is your personal vehicle. Car batteries, tires and cooling systems are all usual suspects for failing in the summer months.
There are three things that you can do now to make sure your air conditioner is more likely to continue running through the hot summer months.
- Run it and make sure it works
- Tune it up every year
- Change your filter regularly
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