By Becky Maxedon
Havasuvians – and their pets – may have dodged a bullet during June through mid-July, but now, the heat is on. Havasuvians also are no stranger to the rising desert temperatures.
After enjoying temps in the 105s, the thermometer is expected to rise into the 120s, according to the National Weather Service in Las Vegas.
There is an excessive heat warning in effect for Lake Havasu City and the surrounding area until July 18, so residents are encouaged to do whatever they can to stay cool and to keep their pets cool.
The NWS forecasts the possibility of a cooling trend and maybe some precipitation Monday and Tuesday and a slight cooling trend.
The City will not be providing cooling centers but suggested that if someone is experiencing a need, they can call the non-emergency dispatch and the city will arrange for services for them. Local fire stations that are strategically located througout the community are prepared to expand their services should the need arise, according to a City spokesperson.
There will be a free swim day at the Lake Havasu Aquatic Center from noon and 4 p.m. Sunday. It is limited to the first 400 swimmers.
An annoucement on the Lake Havasu City Municipal Government Facebook page states the following message:
“If anyone needs releif from the heat, they should consider visiting public places or call the City’s non-emergency phone Number at 928-844-4111 for assistance.”
Common signs and symptoms of heat stroke include an altered state with confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability and delirium. There will be high body temperature and flushed skin with sweating and headache. There can be rapid breathing, nausea and vomiting, dizziness and fainting. If any of these symptoms occur, help should be sought immediately.
Neighbors are encouraged to check on neighbors and make sure that kids or pets are not left in vehicles. Stay hydrated and stay as cool as possible.