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Central Valley heat turns up

Central Valley heat turns up

Splash Pad Coe Park

In this Sentinel file photo, kids and adults took advantage of the Splash Pad at Coe Park, 543 S. Douty St., to beat the heat last summer.

HANFORD — While summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, the Central Valley has already experienced its first triple-digit degree day, with plenty more expected to come throughout the next few months.

The National Weather Service office in Hanford has issued an excessive heat warning to last until Tuesday evening. High temperatures are expected to be above 100 degrees for the next few days, possibly reaching as high as 105 degrees.

Scott Borgioli, chief meteorologist at Visalia-based WeatherAg, said in a press release that in both 2017 and 2018, Hanford experienced over 50 days that reached 100 degrees or more.

Prolonged exposure to heat can pose a health risk to the elderly, children, those who work outdoors and people with respiratory ailments like asthma.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said heat-related illnesses, which occur when the body is not able to properly cool itself, are preventable and officials advise residents to take precautions to avoid these types of illnesses.

Precautions include drinking plenty of water, staying in a cool place and out of direct sunlight if possible, reducing or eliminating strenuous activities and never leaving children or pets unattended in a vehicle.

On its website, the agency detailed the symptoms and described what to do if you or a loved one show signs of a heat-related illness.

Heat Exhaustion

What to look for:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Low blood pressure upon standing
  • Fainting (passing out)

What to do:

  • Move to a cool place
  • Loosen your clothes
  • Put cool, wet cloths on your body or take a cool bath
  • Sip water
  • Get medical help right away if you are vomiting, your symptoms get worse or last longer than one hour.

Heat Stroke

What to look for:

  • High body temperature (103 degrees or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Rapid breathing
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

What to do:

  • Call 911 right away – heat stroke is a medical emergency
  • Move the person to a cooler place
  • Help lower the person’s temperature with cool, wet cloths or a cool bath
  • Do not give the person anything to drink

When temperatures are forecasted to be 105 degrees or above, the city of Hanford will open several cooling centers around town.

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