How to keep cool as El Paso hits first triple-digit high of 2019

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El Paso officially hit the first triple-digit high on Friday after hitting 100° at about 4 p.m. This comes seven days earlier than the average date of June 14.

As the temperatures heat up, there are a few things you can do to keep you and your loved ones safe. 

People can be critically injured or killed when the core body temperature reaches 104° F and a body temperature of 107° F is considered lethal.

The Las Cruces Police Department has provided the following tips to keep in mind this summer:

  • Do not leave pets or people (sleeping babies, children, elderly) in a car, even with the windows “cracked” or down.
  • Place a purse or wallet in the back seat as a reminder that your child is in the car.
  • Do not leave pets in the bed of a pickup as surface temperatures can rise quickly.
  • Don’t let breezes, windy weather, or cloudy days fool you. The lack of circulation inside an enclosed vehicle on a warm day, even after sunset, can be deadly.
  • Avoid overexertion of dogs such as walking/jogging them during the heat of the day.
  • Provide proper shade, ventilation, and fresh water for pets.
  • Always lock your car when unattended and teach children that vehicles are never to be used as play areas.
  • Call 911 if you see a person or pet left unattended in an enclosed vehicle.

June is, on average, our warmest month of the year, and many more triple-digit highs are in the forecast this week.

Stay updated with KTSM 9 News on-air and online for the latest weather updates. 

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