Published: September 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in Sonoma County for today and tomorrow, Friday, September 13, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The highest temperatures will occur during the early to mid
afternoon. The hottest temperatures are expected to occur on Friday for most
Sonoma County Department of Health Services (DHS) and
Emergency Response partners remind residents that excessive heat poses a
significant health risk, particularly to the elderly, young children, pregnant
women and those with chronic diseases. Heat-related illnesses range from cramps
and heat exhaustion to heat stroke and, in extreme cases, even death. Warning
signs of heat-related illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, tiredness
or dizziness, nausea or vomiting, headache or weakness.
To check the temperature in your area please visit the
National Weather Service for updated information.
You can protect yourself and those around you by following
- Drink – Drink plenty of cool fluids, even if you
are not physically active and even if you are not thirsty. Avoid caffeinated or
- 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
- 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 children
frequently. Check on those with medical illnesses or those who are on
- 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 – Do Not leave any person or pet in a
parked car for any length of time for any reason.
For more detailed information on dealing with heat
emergencies, visit the Sonoma County Department of Health Services’ Heat Emergencies
For Animal Safety: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Animal-Services/News/Safety-During-Heat/
For weather information, visit the Bay Area National Weather
Service (NWS) page below:
NWS San Francisco Bay Area Weather Map: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=CAZ506