National Weather Service issues warning of extreme heat wave
By Ari Burack, Bay City News Service
July 20, 2006
The National Weather Service on Wednesday issued a warning that
the Bay Area may experience dangerously hot weather beginning
Thursday and continuing through the weekend.
While temperatures cooled off somewhat on Wednesday, the National
Weather Service reported that warm weather is expected to return
today, with record high temperatures possible in inland locations
by the end of the week and through the weekend.
The National Weather Service forecasted the sweltering temperatures
to be highest on Friday and Saturday, with the mercury reaching
up to 105 degrees in the Bay Area's warmest inland valleys, and
up to 115 degrees in southern Monterey and San Benito counties.
In addition to the heat, the humidity is expected to rise as
well making for a very uncomfortable, and possibly dangerous few
days, as heat index values may reach 110 degrees in many inland
areas during the day, the National Weather Service reported.
National Weather Service officials recommended that those who
will be outdoors "exercise extreme caution'' to avoid heat-related
illness, as prolonged exposure can cause heat exhaustion or heat
stroke. People are recommended to limit their exposure to the
heat, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing, and drink plenty
The National Weather Service also advised never to leave children
and pets inside enclosed vehicles, and to check up on older persons.
Physical exercise should be relegated only to the early morning
or late night hours.
Campers and those enjoying outdoor activities are asked to be
responsible and aware of fire dangers in these conditions.
In addition, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued
an advisory that air quality may be unhealthy for sensitive persons
Thursday through Saturday in the East Bay and Friday and Saturday
in the Santa Clara Valley. The BAAQMD also announced that today
will be the fifth Spare the Air day in the Bay Area for 2006.
The hot weather system is expected to expand north and west into
much of California over the next few days, and then into Oregon
and Washington, according to the National Weather Service.
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