2013-06-20 / Front Page

Blistering heat is on way

Temperatures are poised to hit 100 degrees in Mariposa on Thursday before ratcheting up to a forecast high of 108 degrees on Monday, the National Weather Service says.

Foothill zones up to 3,500 feet could see high temperatures of at least 100 degrees through the middle of next week. The heat wave results from a high amplitude ridge that will be parked over the West through at least through July 3.

The Mariposa County Health Department will open three cooling centers if temperatures remain high during evening hours. The centers are at the county library off Bullion Street in Mariposa, at McCay Hall in Cathey's Valley and at the Coulterville Community Club.

The Mariposa library is closed on Sunday but will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Monday. The library is open from 8:30 to 6 p.m. the rest of the week at 4978 10th Street.

The county's emergency phone information line will be updated with cooling center information at 966-1133. 

During past heat waves, people have suffered and even perished because they did not turn on air conditioners. Now is the time to use your air conditioner, health experts advise.

Residents are also urged to check on elderly friends and family members--and anyone who lives alone or experiences health issues.

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