California heat wave: What to know about heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke

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WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF DANGEROUS HEAT THAT IS FORECAST TO CONTINUE ACROSS THE INTERIOR THROUGH LATE WEEK. MANY INLAND ARES WILL SEE SEVERAL DAYS OF AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES EXCEEDING 100 DEG F. THE HEAT WILL BE TEMPERED NEAR THE COAST, BUT TEMPERATURES WILL STILL BE WELL ABOVE NORMAL. .DISCUSSION…AS OF 03:30 AM PDT TUESDAY… EXTREME, DANGEROUS HEAT GRIPPED MUCH OF THE REGION ON MONDAY AND NUMEROUS OFFICIAL MAXIMUM RECORD TEMPERATURE RECORDS WERE TIED OR BROKEN. OVERNIGHT VALLEY TEMPERATURES HAVE MODERATED SOMEWHAT TO THE 60S TO 80S WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SHALLOW MARINE/NOCTURNAL INVERSION, , THERE ARE FAVORABLE ODDS THAT MANY LOCATIONS WILL RUN WARMER TUESDAY THAN MONDAY. GIVEN THE EXTREME HEAT ALREADY OBSERVED MONDAY COUPLED WITH MODEL DATA AND OBSERVATIONAL TRENDS, HAVE DECIDED TO EXPAND THE COVERAGE OF THE EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING TO ALSO INCLUDE THE SAN FRANCISCO BAYSHORE, INTERIOR MARIN, NORTHERN SALINAS VALLEY, AND NORTHERN MONTEREY BAY. IN ADDITION, A HEAT ADVISORY IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE COASTLINE TODAY, INCLUDING THE SOUTHERN MONTEREY BAY, COASTAL SAN MATEO, SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA, AND COASTAL NORTH BAY. ALL SIGNS POINT TOWARDS TODAY RUNNING AS HOT, IF NOT HOTTER THAN MONDAY. AVOID UNNECESSARY OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND STAY HYDRATED. KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE AND DEHYDRATION AND MONITOR YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES FOR ANY HEAT DISTRESS. EXTREME HEAT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE WORKWEEK THOUGH TUESDAY IS CURRENTLY ANTICIPATED TO BE THE HOTTEST DAY. A SUBTLE TROUGH PASSING WELL TO THE NORTH WILL BRING A SLIGHT COOLING TREND AND INCREASE IN CLOUDINESS ON WEDNESDAY. THAT SAID, INTERIOR TEMPERATURES IN EXCESS OF 105 AND APPROACHING 110 ARE EXPECTED ALL WEEK, THOUGH THERE IS INCREASING UNCERTAINTY REGARDING FRIDAYúS TEMPERATURES. THE RIDGE BREAKS DOWN THIS WEEKEND AS A DEEPER TROUGH PASSES TO THE NORTH AND A TROPICAL SYSTEM HURRICANE KAY APPROACHES IT FROM THE SOUTH. AS SUCH, EXPECT SOME RELIEF SATURDAY WITH MUCH MORE BROAD RELIEF BY SUNDAY INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK AS THE PATTERN SHIFTS COMPLETELY. IN ADDITION TO THE HEAT, EXTREMELY DRY CONDITIONS ARE ALSO EXPECTED WHICH WILL INCREASE FIRE RISK. AS ALWAYS, AVOID ACTIVITIES WHICH MAY LEAD TO NEW FIRE IGNITIONS, ESPECIALLY DURING THE AFTERNOON WH

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California heat wave: What to know about heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke

With extreme temperatures in the forecast for California, public health officials want people to be aware of warning signs that the heat may be taking a toll on your health. Each year, emergency crews respond to numerous calls of people suffering from heat-related illnesses to varying degrees.| VIDEO BELOW | Sacramento Zoo works to keep animals coolAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several kinds of heat-related illnesses to watch out for. Here’s info about them and what to do if you experience symptoms:Heat crampsThese can arise when you exert yourself outside on a hot dayNoticeably tired/crampy. You could have muscle pain or spasms. What to do: Head to a cool area, get hydrated with water or a sports drink and take it easy the rest of the day. Get medical help if your cramps last more than an hour, you’re on a low-sodium diet or have heart problems. Heat exhaustionA fast, weak heart rateProfuse sweatingCold, pale or clammy skinNausea or vomitingMuscle crampsTiredness or weaknessDizzinessFaintingWhat to do: Get to a cool area, loosen your clothes, put cool, wet cloth on your body or take a cool bath, sip water. Call 911 if necessary — especially for people with underlying health conditions. You should also get medical help if you are throwing up, your symptoms get worse or last longer than an hour. Heatstroke A body temperature that is 103 degrees or higherHot, noticeably dry or red skinRapid, strong pulseHeadacheDizzinessNauseaConfusionPassing out What to do: First responders recommend calling 911 right away because heatstroke is a medical emergency. Move the person to a cool place and lower their temperature with cool cloth or a cool bath. Do not give them anything to drink. Sunburns and heat rashes Sunburns can be painful, red and warm skin or have blisters. Heat rash is red clusters of small blisters that look like pimples and usually present on the neck, chest, groin or in the crease of your elbow. What to do: You can stay out of the sun until your sunburn heals or put cool cloths on sunburned areas to get relief. Moisturizing lotion can also help but you shouldn’t break blisters. For heat rash, stay in a cool, dry place. You can use baby powder on the rash for relief. | MORE LIKE THIS | Here’s how to keep your pets safe amid hot summer temperatures

With extreme temperatures in the forecast for California, public health officials want people to be aware of warning signs that the heat may be taking a toll on your health.

Each year, emergency crews respond to numerous calls of people suffering from heat-related illnesses to varying degrees.

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| VIDEO BELOW | Sacramento Zoo works to keep animals cool

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are several kinds of heat-related illnesses to watch out for. Here’s info about them and what to do if you experience symptoms:

Heat cramps

  • These can arise when you exert yourself outside on a hot day
  • Noticeably tired/crampy. You could have muscle pain or spasms.

What to do: Head to a cool area, get hydrated with water or a sports drink and take it easy the rest of the day. Get medical help if your cramps last more than an hour, you’re on a low-sodium diet or have heart problems.

Heat exhaustion

  • A fast, weak heart rate
  • Profuse sweating
  • Cold, pale or clammy skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness or weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting

What to do: Get to a cool area, loosen your clothes, put cool, wet cloth on your body or take a cool bath, sip water. Call 911 if necessary — especially for people with underlying health conditions. You should also get medical help if you are throwing up, your symptoms get worse or last longer than an hour.

Heatstroke

  • A body temperature that is 103 degrees or higher
  • Hot, noticeably dry or red skin
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Passing out

What to do: First responders recommend calling 911 right away because heatstroke is a medical emergency. Move the person to a cool place and lower their temperature with cool cloth or a cool bath. Do not give them anything to drink.

Sunburns and heat rashes

Sunburns can be painful, red and warm skin or have blisters. Heat rash is red clusters of small blisters that look like pimples and usually present on the neck, chest, groin or in the crease of your elbow.

What to do: You can stay out of the sun until your sunburn heals or put cool cloths on sunburned areas to get relief. Moisturizing lotion can also help but you shouldn’t break blisters. For heat rash, stay in a cool, dry place. You can use baby powder on the rash for relief.

| MORE LIKE THIS | Here’s how to keep your pets safe amid hot summer temperatures

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