TUCSON(KGUN9-TV) - Triple-degree-heat isn't uncommon in Southern Arizona, to say the least, but every summer, the higher temperatures catch hikers and bikers by surprise.
"It's going to be very dangerous. We know that and we expect that we're going to respond up to Sabino Canyon. We expect that we're going to respond somewhere on a hiking trial elsewhere," Rural Metro Fire Department Capt. Grant Cesarek said.
Greeted by 100-plus degree temperatures, Monday, Sabino Canyon hikers tried to beat the heat by hitting the trail-heads earlier in the day. Still, with the sun blazing, it was hard to keep cool.
"I'm feeling quite warm and ready to be in the shade," one hiker told 9OYS while cooling off in an air-conditioned car.
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of heat exhaustion include; cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat, heavy sweating, faintness, dizziness, fatigue, weak, rapid pulse, nausea and headache.
To avoid heat-related illness, Rural/Metro Fire officials recommend wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, stay inside when possible, If outside, seek shade and drink plenty of water. The Mayo Clinic recommends drinking 2-3 liters.