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18 heat deaths recorded in Maricopa County so far

As high temperatures in the Valley refuse to drop below 110 degrees, heat-related deaths in Maricopa County continue to rise.

Maricopa County has confirmed 18 heat-associated deathsso far this year. Another 69 deaths are under investigation.

The pace is slower than this same time last year, when 29 had been confirmed and nearly 200 were being investigated.

The Phoenix director of heat response and mitigation has warned against drawing any conclusions about this year’s apparent lag. 

The majority of this year’s deaths have been outside, with only four occurring indoors. 

Arizona Public Service will not disconnect power for past due accounts until Oct. 15 and will also waive late fees. Salt River Project has adopted plans to not disconnect power during excessive heat warnings. 

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Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.