Tucson set a daily high temperature record yesterday, topping out at 116 degrees. That broke last year's record of 112 and is the second highest temperature ever recorded in Tucson. It was 117 on June 26, 1990.
Due to extreme heat, Reid Park Zoo will close at noon tomorrow and Friday. The early closure time began on Monday. The Zoo will resume its regular summer hours, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., beginning Saturday.
Summer camp hours are not affected.
Tucson Parks and Recreation is canceling the Reid Park Run for tomorrow due to the extreme heat. The last run will be held next Thursday, June 29, in Reid Park.
If you have any questions, please call the Sports Unit at (520) 791-4870.
Donating to Tucson’s homeless is just a parking meter away; veterans are regaining their self-esteem thanks to their mentors; and Reid Park Zoo is now home to some colorful new creatures.
These stories are featured in the latest edition of In Tucson, produced by Tucson 12.
The Tucson Police Department and Pima Animal Care Center are partnering to urge the community to report animal cruelty.
In the Tucson 12 below, officials urge you to call 911 or (520) 724-5900 if you witness cruelty to animals.
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Tucson from 11 a.m. tomorrow through 7 p.m. Thursday. The very hot temperatures (110-115 degrees) will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illness for those working or exercising outdoors during the daytime. The heat also could create problems for those without access to adequate air conditioning.
The hottest temperatures will occur Monday through Thursday.
Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) is taking multiple emergency measures, including waiving adoption fees adoption fees for all adult dogs, to safeguard the health of the dogs housed in PACC’s tent. Adoption fees will be waived through next Wednesday on all dogs at least 6 months old ($17 license fee still applies).
PACC staff at 4000 N. Silverbell Road will be installing fans and portable air conditioning units in the tent and moving dogs susceptible to heat exhaustion inside the main shelter indoors.
Reid Park Zoo’s Conservation Learning Center soon will be the home to poison dart frogs. In the Tucson 12 video linked below, see how the staff prepares for the debut of these small and colorful creatures that are mostly found in South America. The "grand opening" for the poison dart frogs is next Tuesday, June 20, at 9 a.m.
The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association hosts another Fridays on Fourth tonight. The event, which begins at 5 p.m., continues weekly throughout the summer and features discounts from many of the association's restaurants, bars, and retail shops.
You can use the Sun Link streetcar to move easily through the area, and day passes are available at every stop.