2013-06-27 / Front Page

Heat warning extended again

Jill Ballinger/GAZETTE EDITOR

The temperature in Lushmeadows on Sunday afternoon was well above 107. This picture was taken shortly after the thermometer topped out at 108.3.The temperature in Lushmeadows on Sunday afternoon was well above 107. This picture was taken shortly after the thermometer topped out at 108.3.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has once again extended the excessive heat warning. This time, the warning has stretched through July 4 at 8 p.m.

Earlier today, July 1, the NWS extended the warning through Wednesday night at 8 p.m.

The latest forecast is daunting. Tuesday's high is predicted at 109 degrees. On Wednesday, the high is expected to reach 110, before dropping to 109 again on Thursday. Highs will drop to 100 by Sunday.

This warning means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is creating a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. 

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, and stay out of the sun.

The Mariposa County Health Department opened three cooling facilities on Saturday and four cooling facilities on Sunday. As of Sunday evening, only one facility, the Mariposa County Library, has been used by community members seeking relief from the heat.

The Mariposa County Library Community Room, located in Mariposa will continue to be open for use between the hours of noon and 8 p.m. until the Excessive Heat Warning is cancelled or expires.

The Mariposa County Health Department will continue to offer the remaining cooling center services at McCay Hall in Cathey's Valley, Coulterville Community Club in Coulterville, and the Midpines Community Center in Midpines on an on-call basis only. 

Anyone who needs to seek relief from the heat, especially if they have medical conditions, can call 742-8588 so that a cooling center location can be opened near them.

Residents are asked to check on neighbors and family members, especially if they are elderly and/or have medical concerns.

Death from heat is preventable.

"If you or someone you know needs help, please do not wait to ask," a health department release states. "Ask before there are complications by contacting the Mariposa County Human Services Hotline at 966-7000." 


 


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