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Officials ID Scottish tourist who died after hiking in near triple-digit heat in Palm Springs


PALM SPRINGS, California — Authorities have identified a Scottish woman who died after hiking a Palm Springs trail in near triple-digit heat.

The Desert Sun ( ) says 56-year-old Ruth Ross was a tourist from Hamilton, Scotland.

Ross and her husband hiked for three hours before she fell unconscious Monday morning.

The temperature was 98 degrees when rescuers arrived and the couple were dehydrated and overheated. Ross was pronounced dead at a hospital.

National Weather Service meteorologist Brandt Maxwell says temperatures in Scotland are usually in the 60s in July.

At least four rescues of hikers have been conducted on Palm Springs trails this month.

Officials say hikers should be ready for hot weather by carrying lots of water, cellphones, and by wearing bright clothing and letting friends know where they're going.

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