National Weather Service issues excessive heat watch for Southern California

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By Shawn Raymundo

Coastal areas of Orange County are under an excessive heat warning that is expected to last through Labor Day weekend as a heat wave begins to sweep through Southern California, according to the forecasters.

The National Weather Service predicts coastal towns in the county, including Dana Point and San Clemente, as well as San Juan Capistrano, will be hit with “dangerously hot conditions” from Tuesday, August 30 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 5. , with temperatures reaching 85 to 94 degrees.

“Extreme heat will greatly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, especially for those who work or participate in outdoor activities,” NWS said in its advisory.

The hottest days of the heat wave are expected to come at the end of the holiday long weekend, according to a Meteorological Service newsletter.

The Orange County coast will see a gradual rise in temperatures, beginning Tuesday, as the region’s weather hazard level increases from “minor” to “moderate” Wednesday through Saturday.

By Sunday, every region in Southern California is expected to move to a major weather hazard level.

The National Weather Service advises residents to stay hydrated with water, stay indoors and seek air conditioning, and “dress for the heat” in lightweight, light-colored clothing. Residents should also avoid consuming dehydrating beverages such as alcohol and sugary or caffeinated beverages.

“Watch those most vulnerable to heat, including young children. Check in with family, friends and neighbors, especially the elderly,” NWS said in the notice. “If you engage in any outdoor activity, take longer and more frequent breaks and avoid the hottest times of the day.”

Children and pets should also not be left unattended in cars.

Those experiencing heatstroke should contact 911, and anyone overwhelmed by heat, NWS noted, should be moved to a shady, cool area.

Shawn Raymondo
Shawn Raymundo is the editor of Picket Fence Media. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in global studies. Prior to joining Picket Fence Media, he worked as a government accountability reporter for the Pacific Daily News in the US territory of Guam. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnzyTsunami and follow San Clemente Times @SCTimesNews.

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