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By Yvette Urrea Moe
County of San Diego Communications Office 

Stay cool during a heatwave

 

Last updated 6/16/2021 at 4:24pm



High temperatures over the next week in San Diego, particularly the deserts, are cause for extra precaution. Residents are advised to stay cool, avoid activities that may cause overheating, and pay extra attention to older adults, people with chronic medical conditions, young children and pets because they are more susceptible to heat illness.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for county deserts starting Monday, June 14 and continuing through Friday, June 18. Temperatures are predicted to range from 112 to 120 degrees in those areas including the community of Borrego Springs. Forecasters also issued an excessive heat watch for the mountains and valleys, with the hottest temperatures expected Tuesday, June 15 through Thursday, June 17.

Health officials recommend people do the following to avoid overheating

If available, stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day

Wear light, loose-fitting clothing

Drink plenty of water (avoid alcohol and sugary drinks) and don’t wait until you are thirsty

Take cool showers

Never leave a child, elderly person, or pet unattended in a car

Keep pets cool in hot weather

Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities outside during the hottest part of the day

Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and wear a wide-brim hat if you need to be in the sun

Avoid using the oven to cook

An extremely high body temperature (103 or higher), dizziness, nausea, confusion, and headache are signs of heat stroke or exhaustion. If someone shows these signs, call 9-1-1 and begin cooling the individual by

Moving them to a shaded area

Spraying with cool water and fanning them

Placing them in a cool shower if they are alert

Monitoring the body temperature and continue cooling efforts

Do not give the victim fluids to drink

For more information on extreme heat, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information on the Cool Zones program as well as tips to stay cool at home, visit www.coolzones.org.

 

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