Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Amador County Public Health: Record Heat Predicted For Friday, Saturday


Sutter Creek, CA – Amador County Public Health Officials are urging residents to prepare for extreme temperatures predicted to reach over 100 degrees by Friday. The National Weather Service indicates that temperatures will climb throughout the week, reaching 15 to 25 degrees above seasonal norms. 

Temperatures are expected to top 100° in much of the County Friday and Saturday, followed by slight cooling on Sunday.

“When temperatures reach into and above 100, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, limit physical exertion, and stay indoors in an air-conditioned location as much as possible,” advises Dr. Bob Hartmann,

Amador County Health Officer. “Although nearly everyone is uncomfortable in high heat, some people are more vulnerable than others.” The elderly, the very young, and those with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible. 

Warning signs of heat-related illness include dizziness, headache, weakness, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, confusion, rapid pulse, seizures, muscle cramps, or hot, dry, flushed skin. Dr. Hartmann advises residents experiencing these symptoms to drink plenty of cool fluids, rest inside or in the shade, take a cool shower. If symptoms do not subside, seek medical help or call 911.

Over the past several months, Public Health and the Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have worked together to caution County residents about extreme heat. Posters and flyers have been developed to advise at-risk individuals of preventive measures to “beat the heat.”  For more information about extreme heat, visit www.bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov/BeInformed/NaturalDisasters/ExtremeHeat.

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