You know it is hot when “cooling off” means 102 degrees.
Turlock and the San Joaquin Valley have been torched the past several days and little-to-no break is in sight from scorching temperatures and higher than normal humidity.
According to the National Weather Service today’s high is expected to reach 110, followed by 106 on Wednesday and 105 on Thursday. As for “cooling off?” That can be expected Friday with a slight drop off to 100. Saturday's high is expected to be 96. Humidity is predicted to reach 37 percent today, 30 percent tomorrow and 27 percent on Thursday. Overnight temperatures will only drop into the high 70s or low 80s.
With all of this extreme heat expected, the Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services announced that the National Weather Service has extended its excessive heat warning until Thursday, July 4 at 8 p.m.
“The community should remain alert and minimize their risk by monitoring and changing their activities to remain cool,” stated Dr. John Walker, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer. “It would be wise to exercise extra caution planning and participating in outdoor events.”
Though the Central Valley is accustomed to summer temperatures over 100 degrees, the humidity is unusually high, which increases the impact of the temperature.
Officials are concerned about the heat and remind residents to check on vulnerable people including the elderly, those who live alone, and people with medical issues at least twice a day.
They also remind residents to “Have a Plan- Have a Place.” Everyone should have a plan and a place to go if temperatures inside their home are a sustained 90 degrees or above. There are cool locations like public libraries, and the homes of neighbors, friends and family.
Visit www.StanEmergency.com for tips on handling the heat, and follow StanEmergency on Facebook and Twitter.
TIPS FOR HOT WEATHER:
Stay indoors and out of the sun during the day.
Fans alone will not protect from extreme heat – so finding an air conditioned location is important.
If your indoor temperature remains above 90 degrees, seek shelter in an air-conditioned building.
Drink plenty of water and eat lighter meals.
Avoid drinking caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
Some prescription medication may affect your heat tolerance. Check with your medical provider.
Taking frequent cool showers or baths will also help in staying cool.
Do not use your stove or oven for cooking as it will make you and your house hotter.
Tips for Pets:
Provide plenty of shade and cool water. Be sure to leave the water in a shady space so it doesn’t heat up in the sun
Do not over exercise your pets and keep them indoors if possible when it is extremely hot.
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.
Tips for Athletes and Coaches:
People participating in sports should take extra precautions including:
Consider the extreme heat when scheduling events.
Schedule events earlier or later in the day when the temperature is cooler.
Pace activities – start slowly before building up.
Closely monitor athletes’ conditions during activity
Make sure plenty of cool water is available.
Stop all activity and get to a cool location if you feel faint or weak.
Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.
Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
Schedule tasks for earlier in the day or in the evening to avoid midday heat.
Wear a brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Spend time in air-conditioned buildings during breaks and after work.
Encourage co-workers to take breaks to cool off and drink water.
Symptoms of Heat Related Illnesses:
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion: What You Should Do:
Cold, pale, and clammy skin
Fast, weak pulse
Nausea or vomiting
Move to a cooler location.
Lie down and loosen your clothing.
Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke What You Should Do:
High body temperature (above 103°F)*
Hot, red, dry or moist skin
Rapid and strong pulse
Possible unconsciousness Call 911 immediately — this is a true medical emergency.
Move the person to a cooler environment.
Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
Do NOT give fluids