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Excessive Heat Warning: July 2 Through the Weekend

It’s going to be hot. Santa Cruz County has released a statement asking residents county wide to prepare for an extreme heat wave “lasting from Tuesday, July 2 and into the weekend, with the National Weather Service expecting temperatures in the San Lorenzo Valley and other upper elevations to exceed 100 degrees, with little overnight relief.” A heat advisory has been issued for coastal areas. Fire risks will also be elevated; now would be a good time to review your family’s emergency preparedness plans.

The Santa Cruz County Office of Response, Resiliency and Resilience (OR3) advises to stay hydrated and avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Watch for signs of heat-related illness including flushed skin, headaches or nausea. Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles. Check in on others, particularly populations such as the elderly or disabled. And do not set off fireworks of any kind – fireworks are illegal in most of the county and violators could be subject to fines up to $1,000.

Further, the OR3 expects to see significant numbers of “heat refugees” coming to the Santa Cruz coastline for relief, which will impact roadways during the 4th of July holiday. The OR3 advises that you seek airconditioned public buildings such as libraries, theaters, and malls to cool off.

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