2012-07-05 / Front Page

Heat is blasting through triple-digit mark

Highs in the town of Mariposa are set to exceed the century mark through at least Friday, the National Weather Service says.

As of Tuesday, highs were expected to settle to 98 degrees on Saturday and then mellow out to 92 degrees by Monday in town.

As the hot time of year hits in full force, however, experts urge residents to exercise caution. "Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S.," according to the NWS.

People, especially seniors and others prone to heat stress, should take it easy during the hottest times of the day. Residents should drink lots of water.

Mariposa County offers designated heating centers when the temperature "heat index" exceeds 110 degrees F. The centers are usually open during weekdays during the hot hours of the day when heat criteria doesn't reach the this threshold, however. The locations are the county library at 10th and Bullion Streets in Mariposa, Cathey's Valley Community Center and Coulterville Community Center. Other cool spots are at other county branch libraries, supermarkets and drug stores and county swimming pools. The Merced River, of course, is another cooling option.

Anyone experiencing severe heat stress or heat stroke should call emergency service providers by dialing 911.

Photo: Mariposa County pool in the 1960s. Credit: The Campbell Collection / Tom Phillips

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