Heat

A tower overlooks a parking lot and ramp at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
As summer approaches, Sky Harbor Airport is preparing workers to stay safe in extreme heat. The airport held a resource fair for workers Wednesday.
Apr. 17, 2024
The sun through a citrus tree in the West Valley.
Metro Phoenix residents can expect some warmer temperatures going into the work week. According to the National Weather Service, conditions will be sunny and breezy.
Apr. 14, 2024
The sun shines over an apartment complex in Tempe on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.
Some parts of Arizona could hit 90 degrees for the first time this year on Wednesday, but the higher temperatures won't last long. The first 90-degree day in 2023 was April 10.
Apr. 9, 2024
Maya Dailey pets a goat named Paco at her farm in 2015.
The triple-digit heat in Phoenix makes it difficult to farm — everything from growing crops to tending livestock. There is a solution that cools off the land while also providing sustainable energy — agrivoltaics.
Apr. 9, 2024
71st Avenue Shelter rendering
Phoenix will soon learn whether it can build a new shelter in time to house people before extreme heat kicks in.
Apr. 2, 2024
Mormon Flat Dam
One of the major utility providers for the Phoenix area wants to construct a new dam and flood a portion of the desert as part of Arizona’s largest pumped storage hydropower system. The dam would help supplement SRP's solar power generation after dark.
Mar. 29, 2024
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
Phoenix will require contractors with employees working outside to follow measures intended to prevent heat injury and illness following a City Council vote Tuesday. Officials estimate the move will affect about 10,000 workers.
Mar. 26, 2024
Mayor Kate Gallego plants a tree
As the weather begins to warm up, the city of Phoenix is kicking off a new program to plant more shade trees around schools.
Mar. 26, 2024
The Phoenix City Council
Phoenix leaders will have to decide whether to save tens of millions to address future budget shortfalls or spend money on items some residents are pushing for.
Mar. 19, 2024
The summer heat in Arizona can be life-threatening for people experiencing homelessness — and also for their dogs.
Mar. 14, 2024
maricopa county medical examiner's office
Every year since 2016, the number of people in Maricopa County who have died from heat-related causes has risen to a new high. The 2023 preliminary report confirms last summer’s extreme temperatures led to another record-breaking death toll.
Mar. 13, 2024
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
Earlier this month, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced Eugene Livar as the first statewide chief heat officer. In the new role, he plans to coordinate with others to address the upcoming heat season.
Mar. 10, 2024
hot Thermometer
The Arizona Department of Health Services on Wednesday announced Dr. Eugene Livar will serve as the state's first chief heat officer. The new role was created as part of the state’s first-ever Extreme Heat Preparedness Plan, released last week.
Mar. 6, 2024
air conditioning repair
When Arizona released its first-ever Extreme Heat Preparedness Plan last week, Hobbs sent a letter to members of Congress, saying Arizona hasn’t been getting its fair share of federal funding from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Mar. 5, 2024
Heat relief network
Arizona will establish the first statewide heat officer position in the country. That’s one announcement from the state’s first-ever Extreme Heat Preparedness Plan, released Friday.
Mar. 1, 2024
Sun on a blue sky framed by trees
After bracing cold and rainy weather recently, Valley residents will experience dryer and warmer conditions this week. The National Weather Service based in Phoenix forecasts highs will reach the mid 60s tomorrow and increase as the week progresses.
Feb. 11, 2024
Sunrise over metro Phoenix in November 2023
The average temperature recorded at Sky Harbor airport last month was 60.5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. That made it the second-warmest December on record for Phoenix – 4.7 degrees above normal for the month.
Jan. 1, 2024
heat billboard in phoenix
Though temperature records from December have yet to be finalized, climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have found there's a more than 99% chance that 2023 will have the hottest recorded global average temperature, beating out 2016, the previous leader.
Dec. 28, 2023
An aerial view of Phoenix
If we remember one thing from Phoenix in 2023, it will probably be the heat. This summer toppled heat record after heat record, which seemed appropriate given the fact that it was also the hottest year on record worldwide.
Dec. 19, 2023
Extreme heat orange sun sunset
At the end of last year, a look at the numbers of Arizonans who died showed that COVID-19 was still claiming many lives. This year, it’s way down on the list, which is topped, once again, by heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory illness and stroke. But, the area where we saw the biggest jump in deaths — was due to heat.
Dec. 18, 2023

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