The first-ever Excessive Heat Warning for Colorado has been issued.
Colorado has been gearing up to face a record heatwave happening this week. The first-ever Excessive Heat Warning for the state was issued in Western Colorado, and the rest of the state sees record-breaking temperatures.
Meteorologists expect Grand Junction and the surrounding region to see up to 107 degrees Farenheit this week, which is the highest temperature the area has ever seen. Denver's projected highs for Tuesday and Wednesday are 100 degrees.
Meteorologists don't expect to see a break from the heat until Friday at the earliest when temperatures will be in the 80s to 90s.
While Colorado is no stranger to dry heat, the expected temperatures are above normal for June. The last time Denver recorded triple-digit temperatures was three years ago when the city reached 105 degrees on June 28, 2018.
The high heat is nothing to shrug off, especially in the arid, high-altitude Colorado climate. However, there are several steps you can take to ensure you stay safe during this historic heatwave:
- Drink plenty of fluids and water.
- If possible, stay in an air-conditioned room.
- Stay in the shade and out of the sun.
- Don't leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.
- Check on relatives and neighbors.
- Don't perform strenuous activities in the middle of the day. If possible, schedule them for early morning or late evening.
- Wear light and loose clothing.
- Know the signs and symptoms of a heat stroke.
The CDC outlines the warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Look out for high body temperature, red or damp skin, fast pulse, headache, dizziness, and fainting.
How have you been handling the heat so far? Let us know in the comments.