Heat wave head­ing to Santa Clarita

Show­ers and thun­der­storms also ex­pected next week

The Signal - - NEWS - By Christina Cox Sig­nal Staff Writer

An­other hot week is com­ing to the Santa Clarita Val­ley with triple-digit tem­per­a­tures ex­pected to hit the area Mon­day.

The high heat and ris­ing tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to in­crease through­out the week and week­end, with daily highs at more than 100 de­grees each day. And the hu­mid­ity isn’t ex­pected to let up.

On Mon­day, there will also be a 20 per­cent chance of show­ers and thun­der­storms be­fore 11 a.m., ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

As a re­minder dur­ing the hot sum­mer months, the U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices re­leased a state­ment Fri­day re­mind­ing res­i­dents to pro­tect them­selves from ex­treme heat.

The state­ment also in­cluded in­for­ma­tion to rec­og­nize the signs of heat stress and heat-re­lated ill­ness.

Ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment, peo­ple suf­fer­ing from heat stress may ex­pe­ri­ence heavy sweat­ing; weak­ness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; and nausea or vom­it­ing.

Ad­di­tional, early signs of heat stress in­clude: mus­cle cramps, heat rash, faint­ing or near-faint­ing spells, and a pulse or heart rate greater than 100.

If some­one is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing heat stress they should move to a cooler lo­ca­tion to lie down, sip wa­ter, and ap­ply cool and wet cloths to the body, es­pe­cially to the head, neck arm pits and up­per legs near the groin area where 70 per­cent of body heat can be lost.

They should re­main in the cold lo­ca­tion un­til they re­cover and have a pulse heart rate well un­der 100 beats per minute, ac­cord­ing to the depart­ment.

The depart­ment also pro­vided in­for­ma­tion about the “most se­vere heat-re­lated ill­ness,” heat stroke.

Signs of heat stroke in­clude: “a body tem­per­a­ture above 103 de­grees Fahren­heit; hot, red, dry or moist skin; rapid and strong pulse; and al­tered men­tal sta­tus which can range from con­fu­sion and ag­i­ta­tion to un­con­scious­ness.”

If a per­son is suf­fer­ing from heat stroke, in­di­vid­u­als should im­me­di­ately call 911 and take steps to cool the per­son off.

To help pre­vent heat-re­lated ill­ness, the U.S. Depart­ment of Health and hu­man Ser­vices rec­om­mends:

„ Spend time in lo­ca­tions with air­con­di­tion­ing when pos­si­ble.

„ Drink plenty of flu­ids. Good choices are wa­ter and di­luted sport elec­trolyte drinks (1 part sport drink to 2 parts wa­ter) un­less told oth­er­wise by a doc­tor.

„ Choose light­weight, light-col­ored, loose-fit­ting cloth­ing.

„ Limit out­door ac­tiv­ity to morn­ing and even­ing hours.

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