Colorado Issues Excessive Heat Warning for First Time

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The 7-day extended forecast for Grand Junction, CO. Credit: NOAA

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for western Colorado through midnight on Friday, June 18. This is the first excessive heat warning issued in Colorado.

* WHAT...Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures of 100 to
110 expected.

* WHERE...In Utah, Arches/Grand Flat, Canyonlands/Natural
Bridges and Eastern Uinta Basin. In Colorado, Grand Valley and
Paradox Valley/Lower Dolores River.

* WHEN...Until midnight MDT Friday night.

* IMPACTS...Extreme heat will significantly increase the
potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those
working or participating in outdoor activities.

The forecast shows high temperatures could reach 110 degrees with many areas seeing record-breaking high temperatures for this time of year.

The heatwave is caused by a large ridge of high-pressure building into the region.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out
of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young
children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles
under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when
possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent
rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone
overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

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