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Stay cool, Kingman - the heat won't last forever (right?)

Jackie Carrasco tries to stay cool with a cold drink outside of Starbucks on Stockton Hill Road Tuesday. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Jackie Carrasco tries to stay cool with a cold drink outside of Starbucks on Stockton Hill Road Tuesday. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

KINGMAN - An excessive heat warning was issued Tuesday for much of the Mohave Desert, particularly along the Colorado River and Lake Mead National Recreation Area, while temperatures in Kingman are expected to top 100 degrees today.

The National Weather Service heat warning remains in effect today (Wednesday) until 8 p.m. for areas below 4,000 feet in elevation.

Temperatures were expected to reach highs of 112 to 117 degrees in Lake Havasu City and Fort Mohave, scorching up to 120 to 125 degrees in Death Valley. Overnight lows will be around 80 to 90 degrees in those areas.

For Kingman, the forecast is for lots of sunshine and a high of 101 today, which would be the sixth consecutive day of triple-digit heat. The record high today was 111 set in 1915.

Kingman's heat wave peaked at 105 Sunday.

It's been a hot August, and exposure to the harsh desert elements claimed the lives of a 5-year-old boy in the Grand Canyon and an elderly Golden Valley couple at Greggs Hideout near the Grand Canyon.

Those most vulnerable to excessive heat include people working or enjoying recreational activity outdoors, people gathering in outdoor areas with poor ventilation and people without air conditioning.

Children, the elderly and people with chronic ailments are usually the first to suffer from heat-related illnesses.

AccuWeather is showing a downward trend in Kingman temperatures starting Thursday, dropping to 94 over the weekend. Winds will be from the southwest at 10 mph.

Prior to the 100-degree temperatures, Kingman received about a third of an inch of rain and now has close to an inch of precipitation for the month of August.

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