WARNING - first REAL HOT week this year - Be Prepared

by Placerville Newswire / Jun 27, 2016 / comments

Get ready and stock up on water in your cars. Leave the pets at home. Wear a hat outside. Be prepared for Fire evacuation if you live in the rural areas. 

"Remember, never leave anyone or any pet in the car, not even for a minute!"

Detailed Placerville Forecast:

This Afternoon: Sunny and hot, with a high near 101. West wind around 8 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 67. West northwest wind 6 to 9 mph becoming east in the evening.

Tuesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 102. East wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm.

Tuesday Night: Clear, with a low around 68. West wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

Wednesday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. East wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.

Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 65.

Thursday: Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.

Thursday Night: Clear, with a low around 64.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 94.

Friday Night: Clear, with a low around 61.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 92.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 92.

-- Prepare For a Heatwave --
Heat is the number one weather-related killer. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.

Extreme Heat Preparedness Checklist
- Build a disaster supply kit and make a family plan https://www.wunderground.com/prepare/disaster_supply_kit.asp
- If installing window air conditioners, install them snugly and insulate if necessary
- Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation
- Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside
- Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers—outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent
- Keep storm windows up all year
- Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes
- Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, or in poor health—they are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help
- Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas
- Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies
- Stay Safe During the Heat

The Red Cross recommends taking these steps to stay safe during the heat:
- Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service https://www.wunderground.com/prepare/heat.asp
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles
- Eat small meals and eat more often
- Avoid extreme temperature changes
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages
- Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty, and avoid drinks with caffeine.
- Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat
- Take frequent breaks if working outdoors
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat
- Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat, and ensure they have water and a shady place to rest

Source: NOAA, RedCross.org, and Ready.gov