by Publisher CoachellaValley | August 26, 2021 4:38 pm
Excessive Heat Warning issued until 8PM Sunday for the Coachella Valley Area…
* WHAT…Dangerously hot conditions. Afternoon temperatures 105 to 116.
* WHERE…Portions of southwest Arizona and southeast and southern California.
* WHEN…Until 8 PM MST /8 PM PDT/ Sunday.
* IMPACTS…High Heat Risk. Overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion to develop and, without intervention, can lead to heat stroke.
* AFFECTED AREAS: PARKER VALLEY … KOFA … YUMA … CENTRAL LA PAZ … SOUTHEAST YUMA COUNTY … GILA RIVER VALLEY … JOSHUA TREE NP WEST … JOSHUA TREE NP EAST … IMPERIAL COUNTY SOUTHWEST … SALTON SEA … CHUCKWALLA MOUNTAINS … IMPERIAL COUNTY SOUTHEAST … IMPERIAL COUNTY WEST … IMPERIAL VALLEY … CHIRIACO SUMMIT … PALO VERDE VALLEY … CHUCKWALLA VALLEY
An Excessive Heat Warning means that a period of very hot temperatures, even by local standards, will occur. Actions should be taken to lessen the impact of the extreme heat. Stay indoors and seek air-conditioned buildings. Drink water, more than usual, and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary, or caffeinated drinks. Dress for the heat – lightweight and light- colored clothing.
Eat small meals and eat more often. Monitor those with a higher vulnerability to heat, including small children. Check in on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly. If engaging in outdoor activity, take longer and more frequent breaks and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars.
Public cooling shelters are available in some areas. Consult county officials for more details, which may include guidance for proper social distancing measures.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Early signs include thirst and muscle cramps. Heat exhaustion may include: cool, moist, pale skin; headache; dizziness; weakness or exhaustion; nausea.
The most serious illness is heat stroke, which may include: vomiting; confusion; throbbing headache; decreased alertness or loss of consciousness; high body temperature (above 105F); hot, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; seizures.
Heat stroke can be DEADLY. Treat as an emergency and call 9 1 1. Continue to monitor NWS forecasts, broadcast outlets, and local government for updates.
Excessive Heat Warning—Take Action!
An Excessive Heat Warning is issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions. The general rule of thumb for this Warning is when the maximum heat index temperature is expected to be 105° or higher for at least 2 days and night time air temperatures will not drop below 75°; however, these criteria vary across the country, especially for areas not used to extreme heat conditions. If you don’t take precautions immediately when conditions are extreme, you may become seriously ill or even die.
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