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Sun, Aug. 18

Triple-digit temperatures arrive throughout Arizona
Emergency services experts say respect the heat and hydrate often

Aura and Kimmy cool off at the Verde Valley Humane Society doggy pool Tuesday morning where the society cools off dogs in hot weather. Temperatures are predicted to top 100 degrees for several days and the society is warning pet owners to pay attention to their pets during these dog days of summer heat. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Aura and Kimmy cool off at the Verde Valley Humane Society doggy pool Tuesday morning where the society cools off dogs in hot weather. Temperatures are predicted to top 100 degrees for several days and the society is warning pet owners to pay attention to their pets during these dog days of summer heat. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

VERDE VALLEY-It's been an unusual year weather-wise. After long periods of higher than normal and even record-breaking precipitation for May and June, summer heat is suddenly upon us. This week, the caution signs are being raised for general health in the heat.

That means to be prepared and hydrate liberally.

Make sure that children are aware of the need for frequent water stops.

Temperatures are going up in the triple digits this week in the Verde Valley. There is a moderate risk of heat-related illnesses for those who do not take proper precautions.

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff is posting a hazardous weather outlook for Wednesday through Monday and an excessive heat watch for Thursday through Tuesday for elevations below 4,000 feet. The weather service says temperatures will climb from 105 to 110 degrees in the latter part of the week.

The Yavapai County Community Health Department makes precautionary plans for emergency space after temperatures exceed 100 degrees, often in schools. Spokesman David McAtee says of important concern is the elderly and if the power fails, there needs to be a place for them to take refuge. Temperatures this week will prompt those precautions.

Like humans, your pets need water too. Always make sure there is adequate water available for them.

Volunteer Tessa Unwin urges people to walk dogs early in the day to avoid the heat. In hot parking lots, never leave your dog in a vehicle unattended. Be aware of dogs in cars and call the police. The Verde Valley Humane Society says on hot asphalt temperatures can rise so high that dogs' pads can burn off from the heat.

Dogs need water like humans in the hot weather and it's probably a good time to take your pups to the river.

Hot and dry are two of the pre-requisites for fire, as well. Northern Arizona hs been fortunate this year that frequent rains have keep wild fires few, but with a high pressure system dominating Arizona, the risk grows.

Already the Camillo Fire has burned 40 acres, burning 22 mile south east of Flagstaff. It started by lightning Monday.

Further afield, the Horse Tank Fire, which started by lightning June 6 north of Strawberry has grown to 920 acres and is creeping and smoldering in moist pine needles.

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