The Fourth of July won’t meet or break any temperature records, but forecasters predict it will be about 112 degrees, or five degrees hotter than it was on Monday.
“It’s two degrees shy of the record,” said Tucson National Weather Service meteorologist Glenn Lader. “It’s still very hot nonetheless.”
Lader gave good news that relief from the heat is only days away with the start of the monsoon predicted for Friday. The first day under 100 degrees may be Monday. The Weather Service is forecasting a high of 99.
In the meantime, weather and health officials advise that everyone should drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun and stay inside air-conditioned and well-ventilated areas as much as possible.
In the Phoenix area, organizers of Tempe’s Fourth of July event are accustomed to large numbers of people in place on a hot evening. “We’ll be ready. We’ve beefed up our prevention activities,” said Mike Reichling of the Tempe Fire Department. “We typically don’t have that many heat-related issues. The few that we do have are usually related to alcohol.”
Reichling suggests people be well-hydrated and keep drinking water after they arrive.
The city of Phoenix decided to push back the start of its Independence Day activities at Steele Indian School Park to 6 p.m. in part because of the weather.
“Starting it two hours later just made a lot of sense,” said David Urbinato of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. “Four p.m. is really the heart of the heat. Six p.m. makes it a little more manageable.”
Phoenix officials say the city will have free water stations, and there will be a “spray zone,” which involves cooling off people by spraying them with a water hose.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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