BULLHEAD CITY — The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. until Wednesday at 8 p.m. as temperatures are forecast to rise to what the Las Vegas office refers to as a “high heat risk.”
Bullhead City’s high temperature is predicted to reach 113 degrees Tuesday and 116 degrees on Wednesday. Low temperatures both days will drop no further than the mid-80s, according to the NWS.
“Due to our cooler than normal May and lack of time to acclimate, heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be possible,” according to the NWS.
Also noted in its warning is that this upward temperature spike after such a lengthy cool streak hasn’t allowed for people to gradually acclimate to the sweltering heat.
“Heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be possible,” the NWS warned.
People most vulnerable to such heat illnesses include those who spend a great deal of time outdoors; those without air conditioning; the very young; the elderly; and those who suffer from chronic ailments.
The Bullhead City Fire Department also made note about the sudden temperature change.
“It takes some time to adjust to the constant 100-degree days and sustained heat in the evenings. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, but avoid heavily sugared, caffeinated, and alcoholic beverages, as they can add to dehydration,” wrote Lori Viles, the department’s public information officer.
Consume more liquids when it’s hot and at times when you are physically active.
“If you are feeling thirsty, you are already behind in your fluid intake,” Viles stressed.
Warning signs of a heat-related illness can include fatigue, nausea, headache, excessive thirst, excessive sweating, muscle cramps, dizziness or weakness.
Viles also has a list of tips for coping with the arrival of summer in the Tri-state:
- Never leave children, pets or those with special needs in a parked car, even briefly. Temperatures in the car can become dangerous within a few minutes.
- Use air-conditioning to cool down or go to an air-conditioned building.
- Increase water intake.
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day — between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. — and take regular breaks from physical activity.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.
- Wear sunscreen and a ventilated hat when in the sun — even if it is cloudy.
- Be aware that some medicines, both prescription and over-the-counter, may increase the risk of heat-related illness and affect the body’s ability to sweat and stay cool. Consult your healthcare provider if you have questions.
- Don’t forget to check on your neighbors who are elderly or in poor health to see if they need any assistance.
There are no plans to provide any cooling centers in Bullhead City area at this point. These usually are devoted to longer periods of temperatures topping 120 degrees, said Bullhead City Police Chief Brian Williamson.
Local first responders take additional precautions to stay safe in excessive heat — but may need help doing this if an incident requires police officers to be outdoors for an extended period of time. Firefighters receive rehab, which includes rehydration, treatment for smoke inhalation and prevention against heat stroke or heart attack, when they are fighting fires.
Lengthy power outages occurring in the Bullhead City area under such weather conditions might be cause enough for opening one or more cooling stations, such as the one operated by the American Red Cross after the power outages resulting from a monsoon last August, according to city officials.
However, Laughlin has planned to provide cooling stations today and tomorrow at these locations:
- American Legion Richard Springston Post 60, 1510 Bruce Woodbury Drive, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — but only if the temperature reaches 113 degrees. No pets are allowed inside the post, but they can cool off in an outdoor area created for them to enjoy while their humans keep them leashed or in a carrier.
- Colorado River Food Bank, 240 Laughlin Civic Drive, 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on weekdays.