The Arizona Republic

It's Hot. But How Does Extreme Heat Affect us? Valley 101 Explains All the Ways

More than 300 people died last year from heat-related complications. Data collected over the past 50 years shows the average temperature in Phoenix has increased 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

On top of that, there are more days per year when the temperature climbs above 110 degrees in the Valley of the Sun. And the night temperatures have jumped 5.5 degrees, which means it's not cooling off when the sun goes down.

How does this extreme heat affect us? Will Heise, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Clinical Data Analytics and Decision Support, joins Valley 101 to explain those risks. 

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