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The Coconino County Sheriff's Office has identified the 17-year-old boy who was killed by lightning while hiking with friends in northern Arizona.

Last year, a French couple died while trying to make sure their 9-year-old son had enough water on a broiling summertime outing at a New Mexico national park.

This past weekend, two Germans visiting Arizona for a conference died after taking a hike in perilous, record-breaking heat.

The U.S. Southwest has seen its share of heat-related visitor deaths.

Amid another staggering heatwave, local governments and businesses in the region are increasing their efforts to alert tourists when summer rolls in and safe outdoor conditions roll out.

Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos is pleading with the public to avoid the outdoors after three heat-related deaths in the Tucson area just this weekend.

Nanos said the three deaths are easily preventable by avoiding the outdoors in record heat.

At least five people in Arizona have died in heat-related incidents in the past two days.

Northern AZ Radar

Jun 7, 2016

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