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CASA GRANDE — With a record-breaking hot summer, there are several hydration stations across Pinal County offering water and heat refuge to those who need it.

The Pinal County Heat Relief Network and United Way have provided a map using ArcGIS showing the various locations offering help. According to the website, there are hydration stations, drop-off locations, emergency hydration stations and heat refuge.

However, according to Braden Biggs, who previously was the United Way employee who worked on the project, a lot of these services have been halted due to COVID-19, although contact information is available on the website to confirm the locations.

According to the National Weather Service in Phoenix, the scorching temperatures can be blamed on stronger-than-usual high pressure over or to the south of Phoenix. This prevented humid air from moving north, causing less moisture.

Additionally, NWS said that since Phoenix has grown in size over the years, the environment has altered the local climate.

People are encouraged to stay inside with air conditioning if possible, stay hydrated, use sunscreen and to find shade and take breaks whenever possible.

On Friday an excessive heat warning was issued in portions of south central Arizona. The excessive heat warning lasts until Monday evening.

According to the public alert, actions should be taken to lessen the impact of the extreme heat. The website with locations can be found here:

The website does not list which stations are operating at the moment.

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Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.

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