It’s August, and it’s hot—way too hot.
How hot? This afternoon, the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) issued an Extreme Heat Warning. And the California Independent System Operator (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert from 3–11 p.m. today.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), temperatures will peak at between 102 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit for prolonged periods of time through at least next Wednesday for much of the inland parts of the state.
“Communities across our state will experience dangerously high temperatures in the coming days. It is important that all Californians take this seriously and take concrete steps to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke by staying inside, drinking plenty of water and having a family emergency plan for extreme weather,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci.
Extreme heat is especially dangerous for our most vulnerable: senior citizens, people who are housebound or have limited mobility, children, and pets.
Beat the Heat
- Avoid outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day, generally, 10 am to 6 pm
- If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade or air conditioning
- Stay hydrated
- Check on elderly or vulnerable family members and neighbors
- Wear lightweight and light colored clothing
- Never leave children or animals alone in a vehicle o
If you have an air conditioner, use it—even cooling off for a few hours can make a difference. If you don’t have access to air conditioning get to a cooling center in your area as soon as possible.
It’s just not for today: Flex Alerts may be called for days to come. Help conserve energy and help out your monthly bill by:
- Setting thermostat at 78° or higher
- Cooling with fans and draw drapes
- Turning off unnecessary lights and appliances
- Using major appliances (such as washers and dryers) in the morning or late evening.
Heat Stroke, or Heat Exhaustion? Know the Difference
Get to an air conditioned place, drink water, take a cool shower or use cool compresses if one or more of these symptoms are present:
- Faint or dizzy
- Cool, pale clammy skin
- Excessive sweating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid, weak pulse
- Muscle cramps
- Call 9-1-1 immediately if one or more of these signs are present:
- Throbbing headache
- No sweating
- Body temperature above 103 degrees
- Red, hot, dry skin
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid, strong pulse
- May lose consciousness
Keep Social Distancing
Cooling centers across the state are being set up so that everyone is properly distanced. Wear your mask. Stay safe. The heat is just getting started.
California Department of Public Health Heat Illness Prevention Tips
Cal OES Heat Safety Tips.
California Heat Assessment Tool
NOAA future heat events and social vulnerability interactive map.
National Weather Service website
Hot Weather Tips for Pets (Sacramento County Animal Care Services)
CalOSHA: Heat protection for People Who Work Outdoors