Excessive heat warning for Graham and Greenlee Counties

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Graham and Greenlee Counties today. Temperatures are expected to 107 degrees today and 106 degrees tomorrow.

Precautions to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

Stay in air-conditioned buildings.

Limit outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day (mid-day).

Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day.

Drink water before, during, and after working or exercising outside.

In areas with an excessive heat warning, it is recommended for schools to keep students indoors for physical activity and recess.

If students are going outdoors for recess, it is recommended that schools provide water (eight gulps every 15 minutes) and provide shade. Encourage students to wear hats, sunscreen, light colored clothing, and provide frequent breaks.

If students show signs and symptoms of heat illness or want to go inside, it is advised to get them to a cool environment immediately, such as inside an air-conditioned school building.

Additionally, it is very important that students be hydrated before, during and after being outside for physical activity and/or recess.