Woman Dies at Big Bend National Park as Heat Wave Hits Texas

Big Bend National Park

A woman died while hiking in Big Bend National Park over the weekend as temperatures climbed over 110 degrees.

According to My San Antonio, a 46-year-old woman was exploring the park with her partner on Sunday (June 18) when they both began feeling ill and showing signs of dehydration. Her partner left to go see help, but park officials found the woman's body two hours later. It is believed that her death was caused by the extreme temperatures, which have been sitting steadily above 100 degrees over the past week.

Although summer usually means high temperatures across Texas, this year has seen an increased amount of dangerously warm days. Earlier this month, a 15-year-old boy collapsed and died from heat stroke while on a hike with his Boy Scout troop in West Texas.

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Experts advise travelers to stay inside during the hottest hours of the day, which is between noon and 3 p.m. If you do venture outdoors, make sure to pack plenty of protection, extra water and have a plan ready in case the heat starts to affect your health.

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Woman Dies at Big Bend National Park as Heat Wave Hits Texas