The National Weather Service out of Pleasant Hill issued an excessive heat warning for 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, July 17 to 20.
An excessive heat warning is issued when a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. High temperatures will be in the upper 90s to about 100 degrees with nighttime lows in the upper 70s to 80s. Heat index values will reach 105 to 110 degrees each afternoon.
The NWS states heat illnesses will be likely for those spending prolonged time outside or time indoors in spaces not air conditioned. A release from the weather service states prolonged heat could be especially dangerous for those most susceptible including young children and the elderly.
The NWS advises to take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.The following tips are suggested to help stay safe during days of excessive heat.
• When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
• Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible.
• Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
• Check on relatives and neighbors, especially those that may be susceptible to heat illness.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.
Young children and pets should also never be left unattended in vehicles. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes, states a release.
In addition to the above tips, Mid-America Regional Council recommends the following:
• Avoid alcoholic beverages, sweetened beverages and drinks with caffeine.
• If you must go out, use sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat. A sunburn reduces the skin’s ability to provide cooling.
• Use a buddy system between co-workers in high heat-stress jobs to help ensure that signs of heat stress do not go unnoticed.
• Keep shades drawn and blinds closed.
• Only use fans in a ventilated room. Blow hot air out a window with a fan during the day, and blow cooler air in at night.
• Take cool, not icy, baths or showers.
• Eat frequent, small meals. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat. Fruits, vegetables and salads constitute low-protein meals.
• Provide extra water and access to a cool environment for pets.