18 heat deaths recorded in Maricopa County so far

By Greg Hahne
Associated Press
Published: Thursday, July 20, 2023 - 2:47pm
Updated: Friday, July 21, 2023 - 10:01am

As high temperatures in the Valley refuse to drop below 110 degrees, heat-related deaths in Maricopa County continue to rise.

Maricopa County has confirmed 18 heat-associated deaths so far this year. Another 69 deaths are under investigation.

The pace is slower than this same time last year, when 29 had been confirmed and nearly 200 were being investigated.

The Phoenix director of heat response and mitigation has warned against drawing any conclusions about this year’s apparent lag. 

The majority of this year’s deaths have been outside, with only four occurring indoors. 

Arizona Public Service will not disconnect power for past due accounts until Oct. 15 and will also waive late fees. Salt River Project has adopted plans to not disconnect power during excessive heat warnings. 

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