The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch and is advising of hotter than normal temperatures. Many Orange County communities are expected to reach high temperatures 20 degrees above normal, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke for those who are sensitive to heat.
All City of Irvine facilities are designated cooling centers. Click here for a list of facilities and open hours.
Prolonged exposure to excessive temperatures may cause the serious conditions listed above and can even be fatal. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and dizziness. Warning signs of heat stroke may include an extremely high body temperature; unconsciousness; confusion; hot and dry skin (no sweating); a rapid, strong pulse; and a throbbing headache. If symptoms of heat stroke occur, immediately call for medical assistance. Assist those with signs of heat stroke to a shady area and begin cooling their body with water.
Recommended precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses include:
- Drink plenty of water; don’t wait until you are thirsty.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
- Stay out of the sun if possible, and when in the sun wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim. Use sunscreen.
- Avoid strenuous activities if you are outside or in buildings that aren’t air-conditioned. If you are working outdoors, take frequent rest and refreshment breaks in a shaded area.
- Never leave children, elderly people or pets unattended in closed vehicles.
- Ensure outdoor pets have access to shade and water.
- Check on those who are at high risk to make sure they are staying cool – including seniors who live alone, people with heart or lung disease, and young children.
- Stay cool indoors – if your home is not air-conditioned, visit public facilities such as shopping malls and libraries to stay cool.
For more information on heat-related illnesses, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.