Western Heat Wave Threatens Health in Vulnerable Communities

Phoenix and other local governments around the Southwest remind people to drink lots of water, stay out of the sun if possible, and take frequent breaks on hot days.

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A person waits for a bus in the shade as the heat wave in the Western states continues Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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PHOENIX (AP) — Extreme temperatures like the ones blistering the American West this week aren’t just annoying, they’re deadly. The record-breaking temperatures this week are a weather emergency, scientists and health care experts say, with heat responsible for more deaths in the U.S. than all other natural disasters combined. With more frequent and intense heat waves likely because of climate change and the worst drought in modern history, they say communities must better protect the…

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