Woman dies while hiking Grand Canyon amid triple-digit temperatures: National Park Service

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A woman was pronounced dead early Monday morning after she fell unconscious on a hike in the Grand Canyon when temperatures reached triple digits, officials said.

At about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a U.S. park ranger received a report about a hiker who was in trouble in the Tuweep area of ​​Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, the National Park Service (NPS) said in a news release.

Officials said a 57-year-old woman was hiking 8 miles in the remote part of the park when she lost consciousness. “A ranger arrived on the scene at around 1 a.m. on July 3 and pronounced the hiker dead,” the NPS said.

The temperature in Tuweep was over 100 degrees Sunday, NPS said. At Phantom Ranch, southeast of the site and near the Colorado River, it reached 114 degrees.

Parts of the Grand Canyon are under an excessive heat warning through Wednesday, NPS officials said. Park rangers recently told hikers and backpackers to prepare for extremely high temperatures in the coming weeks.

About 35 million Americans are on high alert for dangerously high temperatures around July 4, with the center of the heat dome over the west.

Temperatures reached 114 degrees in Phoenix, 112 in Las Vegas, 114 in Palm Springs and 120 in Death Valley on Monday.

In at least eight southern states from Texas to Georgia, the heat index on Saturday ranged from 105 to 115 degrees.

The excessive heat that some parts of the country have experienced in recent weeks has been linked to more deaths.

At least 13 people in Texas died from heat-related illnesses last month, according to the Associated Press.

Emergency room visits in Texas are up from the same time last year as the state experiences extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As for the Grand Canyon, park rangers have advised people to avoid hiking the inner canyon between 10am and 4pm

“Hiking in extreme heat can lead to serious health risks including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hyponatremia and death,” the National Park Service said.

The NPS and the Mohave County coroner are investigating the incident.

Emily Shapiro, Julia Jacobo, Nadine El-Bawab, Kenton Gewecke and Max Golembo of ABC News contributed to this report.

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