Arizona heat wave responsible for at least 4 deaths

A home builder works at sunrise, Monday, June 20, 2016, in Gilbert, Ariz., in an effort to beat the rising temperatures. The National Weather Service is expecting another day of triple-digit temperatures in Phoenix and across much of the Southwest. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX (WATE/AP) – Summer has only just begun in East Tennessee, but in Arizona four people have already been killed amid a dangerous heat wave.

Temperatures hit 118 on Sunday, breaking a record of 115 set nearly 50 years ago. Portions of Arizona and southeast California were expected to keep getting scorched Monday.

A 28-year-old woman became unresponsive while mountain biking with friends in North Phoenix. She had set out with two friends around 6 a.m., carrying water, but became exhausted about three hours later, then could not breathe.

Firefighters rescued the woman, who was an avid hiker and a personal trainer, and she later died at a hospital, fire Capt. Larry Subervi said. She had no known medical issues, and her condition appeared to be heat-related, authorities said.

Her death came a day after a 25-year-old Phoenix man died of heat exposure while hiking in neighboring Pinal County. Two hikers also died Sunday in Pima County, Arizona, from heat-related illnesses, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office said.

Heat exhaustion vs. heat stroke

Heat exhaustion symptoms:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale, and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

What you should do:

  • Move to a cooler location.
  • Lie down and loosen your clothing.
  • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
  • Sip water.
  • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

Heat stroke symptoms:

  • High body temperature (above 103 degree Farenheit)
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

What you should do:

  • Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids.

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