* WHAT… Dangerously hot conditions. Afternoon temperatures 103
* O… the eastern part of Joshua Tree National Park and
* WHEN … Until 9:00 p.m. PDT Friday.
* IMPACTS… Risk of high heat. Overexposure can cause heat cramps
and heat exhaustion develop and, without intervention, can
lead to heat stroke.
An excessive heat warning means that a period of high heat
temperatures, even by local standards, will occur. Actions should
be taken to lessen the impact of extreme heat.
Stay indoors and look for air-conditioned buildings. Drink water,
more than usual, and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary or
caffeinated drinks. Dress for the heat – light and light –
colored clothes. Eat small meals and eat more often. Monitor
those who are more vulnerable to heat, including the little ones
children. Check out family, friends and neighbors, especially
old people. If you are engaging in an outdoor activity, take more time and
more frequent breaks and avoid the hottest times of the day.
Never leave children or pets unattended in cars.
Public cooling shelters are available in some areas. To consult
county officials for more details, which may include advice for
appropriate social distancing measures.
Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. Early
signs include thirst and muscle cramps. Heat exhaustion can
include: cold, damp and pale skin; headache; dizziness; weakness or
exhaustion; nausea. The most serious illness is heat stroke,
which may include: vomiting; confusion; throbbing headaches;
decreased alertness or loss of consciousness; upper body
temperature (above 105F); hot, dry skin; rapid and weak pulse;
rapid and shallow breathing; convulsions.
Heat stroke can be DEADLY. Treat as an emergency and call 9 1 1.
Continue to monitor the NWS forecasts, release points and
government for updates.