2012-08-02 / Front Page

Rare 'Excessive Heat Watch' is issued for county

The National Weather Service has issued a rare Excessive Heat Watch for Mariposa County and adjacent areas. Residents are advised to guard against heat stroke and other ill effects.

The watch will remain in effect through Sunday, Aug. 10.

As of Wednesday, the Central Valley and foothill region of California is the only part of the nation flagged for the severe heat warning.

Excessive Heat Watches are issued when relatively high humidity combines with sustained heat to severely impact the human body. 

This week, Mariposa County's health department announced that it may open cooling centers at Coulterville and Cathey's Valley if temperatures reach critical levels.

While not open on Sunday (unless the county moves to declare a heat emergency) the Mariposa County library on 10th Street offers a cool place to rest and read.

The National Weather Service reminds residents to check on friends and relatives--especially elderly people without cooling systems at their homes.

Call the county's information hotline to find out the status of county-designated cooling centers: 966-1133.

Image: National Weather Service

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