For Immediate Release
Heat Notification: Tips to Stay Cool as Temperatures Rise
Santa Rosa, CA – October 24, 2017 at 12:40 PM – The National Weather Service is forecasting unseasonably hot temperatures over the next few days for the North Bay Area, including Sonoma County. The heat will peak today, Tuesday, October 24; Santa Rosa is expecting a high of 93 degrees while temperatures closer to the coast will remain milder. The highest temperatures in the county are forecast to be in Sonoma Valley, Healdsburg and Cloverdale. Temperatures are predicted to cool off during the evening and nighttime hours.
Even though the temperatures won’t be extreme, many people are in different housing situations due to the recent fires and may need to take extra precautions to prepare for the heat.
You can protect yourself and those around you by following these guidelines:
- Drink - Drink plenty of non-alcoholic and caffeine-free liquids, such as water and juices.
- Dress - Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Add a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher).
- Decrease - Limit physical activity and stay indoors in an air-conditioned space. If you do not have air conditioning, visit public spaces such as the library, mall, or community center. If you must be physically active, lower your intensity and take frequent rest breaks in the shade.
- Defend – If you must do work outside, try to schedule it during the early mornings or evenings, after it has cooled down. During the heat of the day, stay in shaded areas. Monitor coworkers and ask them to do the same for you. Check on the elderly, infants and young, especially those with medical illnesses or on medication.
- Demonstrate - Use common sense. Make sure animals and pets have plenty of fresh water and shade. Consider bringing pets inside and consider wetting down outside animals.
- Don’t - Never leave infants, children, the elderly or pets unattended in a parked car or any other hot environment.
For more detailed information on dealing with heat emergencies, visit the Sonoma County Department of Health Services’ Heat Safety page: