Bay Area Braces For Heat Wave

Bay Area Braces For Heat Wave”

Mid-90s daytime high temperatures were expected on Monday, before seeing the mercury ramp back to, or above, the 100-degree mark beginning on Tuesday. High temperatures in those areas are predicted to reach 92 to 102 degrees over the weekend and 96 to 104 degrees Monday through Wednesday. Cities including Los Angeles, Reno and San Diego are not in record territory, but are all expected to be well above average and will certainly feel unusually hot. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when auto interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.&&$$.

In the first major heat wave of the year, the number of days north valley temperatures will be more than 100 degrees seems endless, but there is good news among the triple digits.

"When you look at Phoenix, a city where record temperatures have been kept since August of 1895, there have been over 45,000 calendar days".

These values are potentially deadly if the proper precautions are not taken.

In the summer of 1980, an intense heat wave that lasted most of the summer and claimed hundreds of lives broiled much of the central United States.

Authorities also warned against leaving children or pets in parked cars, which can heat up to lethal levels in just minutes.

Because of a high-pressure zone over our region, higher-than-normal and even excessive heat conditions are expected. The compounding effects of increasing temperature and humidity can be exceptionally risky.

"The very high temperatures create a unsafe situation in which heat- related illnesses are possible", warned an NWS statement, urging area residents to avoid working in the sun and to take frequent rest breaks.

According to the National Weather Service, a heat advisory is issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely unsafe heat conditions. Strong high pressure building over Western states is behind the onslaught. Many residents didn't have air conditioners or couldn't afford to run them if they did. When heat is trapped, health officials become concerned for not only heat exhaustion, but air quality as well.

· - Avoid outdoor physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day.

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