An excessive heat warning was issued in Northern California this week, with parts of the valley forecasted to reach 110 degrees.
Per usual, the brunt of the heat will be seen in the valley, with Redding, Chico and Sacramento guaranteed to see triple digits. But even people in the foothills and mountains will see high-90 degree temperatures.
The excessive heat warning will last until Wednesday, with the hottest day on Tuesday. And although the weekdays will be rough, the heat will calm down during the weekend, with low-90’s in the forecast.
So crank up those air conditioners or head for the water. It’s going to be HOT!
Public health has these tips to stay cool:
- Drink lots of water and avoid beverages that can cause dehydration, such as tea, coffee, sodas, alcohol and other sugary drinks.
- Stay cool by staying inside an air-conditioned area, or indulging in a cool bath or shower. During extreme heat, swamp coolers and fans might not be enough to prevent heat-related illnesses.
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, and a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head cool. Also, apply sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher) every two hours.
- Schedule activities outdoors carefully by being less active midday and late afternoon, which are the hottest parts of the day. Don’t leave pets in the car. And if out, take rest often in a shaded area.
- Watch out for symptoms of heat stroke and call for medical attention if you or someone becomes lightheaded, feels out of breath, weak, has a throbbing headache, rapid pulse, hot dry skin, confusion and unconsciousness. Without immediate treatment, someone with heat stroke can die.
- Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, nausea. This can turn into a heat stroke if the person isn’t cooled down.
- During this weather, be sure to check on your friends and the elderly.
Looking for some water to help with the heat? Check out our 5 summer swimming holes to beat the heat.
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine