Weather to take a dip but triple-dig­its will re­turn for week­end

Brief cool-off pe­riod to last through Thurs­day and then soar again

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Front Page - By Kyla Cathey

It’s go­ing to be a lit­tle cooler in the Lodi area for the next cou­ple of days, but don’t get too com­fort­able. The heat will be back in full force this week­end, and it looks likely to stay a while.

Tem­per­a­tures in the low to mid-90s are still plenty warm, but af­ter sev­eral days in the triple dig­its, it will be a short break for the area.

“We’ve had a few breaks so far this July, and I guess it de­pends on what your def­i­ni­tion of hot is,” said David Houk, se­nior me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the pri­vate fore­cast­ing firm Ac­cuweather.com.

The brief cool-off pe­riod is ex­pected to last through Thurs­day, but tem­per­a­tures are likely to be­gin climb­ing again by Fri­day. Satur­day and Sun­day are ex­pected to be back in the triple dig­its, Houk said.

The sum­mer heat has been un­re­lent­ing this year, and af­ter this week, not much re­lief is in sight.

The Lodi area av­er­aged about three de­grees hot­ter than usual through­out June, he said, and has been about four de­grees hot­ter than usual so far this July.

Houk didn’t have num­bers at hand, but the Lodi area has prob­a­bly seen more than the usual num­ber of triple-digit days, he added.

De­spite the cooler weather to­day and this week, that trend looks likely to con­tinue through the sum­mer.

“They’re ac­tu­ally fore­cast­ing tem­per­a­tures over­all dur­ing the next 30 days for our area to be lean­ing just a lit­tle bit above av­er­age,” Houk said.

Ac­cuweather’s long-range fore­cast­ers were ex­pect­ing tem­per­a­tures in the 90s or higher through the end of Au­gust. So, how to deal with the heat? The Amer­i­can Red Cross of­fers sev­eral tips for weath­er­ing a heat wave. Be­fore a pe­riod of hot weather, fam­i­lies should dis­cuss safety pre­cau­tions — in­clud­ing what to do in a power out­age — and pre­pare an emer­gency kit with sev­eral gal­lons of wa­ter, non-per­ish­able food, a flash­light and ex­tra bat­ter­ies, and a first-aid kit.

Neigh­bors should keep an eye out for those in their neigh­bor­hood who are el­derly, sick or very young, the Red Cross said.

Be sure you have some­where to get out of the heat — the li­brary or movie theater are good spots — and that pets have plenty of shade and cool wa­ter.

On hot days, drink plenty of wa­ter and avoid caf­feine or al­co­hol, eat small and fre­quent meals, and avoid any stren­u­ous ac­tiv­ity dur­ing the hottest parts of the day, the Red Cross said.

Folks in ru­ral ar­eas should also be care­ful of brush fires, Houk said.

“Ob­vi­ously, when you get this type of heat, it tends to dry ev­ery­thing out,” he said.

The dry brush is es­sen­tially kin­dling, mean­ing sparks that nor­mally would cause no prob­lems — from, for ex­am­ple, a lawn mower — are likely to cause a fire.

One of the dan­gers, Houk said, are “dry thun­der­storms.” The light­ning can spark a fire, but if the storm doesn’t bring much rain, then fires can smol­der for days, burst­ing into a wild­fire.

More fires, though, are caused by peo­ple who aren’t care­ful enough in the hot, dry con­di­tions.

“Ap­prox­i­mately 95 per­cent of all wild­fires in Cal­i­for­nia are caused by peo­ple,” ac­cord­ing to Cal Fire. The agency has launched a new web­site,

to share tips on how to pre­vent fires. An ex­ist­ing site,

shares tips for prepar­ing your home and prop­erty for safety dur­ing a fire.

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