As temperatures soar in Arizona, six people die from heat while hiking.
Soaring temperatures in Arizona are to blame for the deaths of six hikers on the weekend of June 18, who all succumbed to the elements in five incidents.
Temperatures shattered the triple digit mark on the weekend, making for deadly conditions on the trails. “It really shows how critical this heat can be and how it can really sneak up on you,” Phoenix Fire spokesperson Capt. Larry Subervi said, according to the Arizona Republic. “When we deal with temperatures like this, it can just really be unpredictable how your body is going to respond.”
A 25-year-old man died on June 18 while hiking the Peralta trail. The following day, a 28-year-old woman died on the Desert Vista Trail. On that same day, a woman in her early 20s perished on a trail in Pima County, a 58-year-old woman died while walking along the Loop Trail, and two men from Germany also lost their lives.
Health officials advise it is best to stay home when temperatures reach these dangerous levels.