For Immediate ReleaseAugust 31, 2022
Forecast of high temperatures prompt warning from National Weather Service
Cómo Reducir los Efectos del Exceso de Calor
San Rafael, CA – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Labor Day weekend in areas of Northern California, including inland and high elevation areas of Marin County. Temperatures are forecast to reach or exceed the high 90s beginning Friday, September 2, through Tuesday, September 6.
Unusually hot temperatures can affect health. The people most vulnerable include older adults, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, individuals experiencing homelessness, and individuals with a chronic medical condition.
The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Marin County Office of Emergency Services (OES) are advising vulnerable residents to prepare for extreme heat this weekend by planning ahead, staying cool, hydrated, and informed. The go-to spot for localized information is the county’s portal, emergency.marincounty.org, which is updated often during any Marin emergency.
Marin HHS reminds people to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. Everyone should be on the lookout for heat-related illnesses, either in themselves or their families and friends.
Heat cramps occur as muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe, they are often the first signal that the body is having trouble with the heat. Symptoms include painful cramps, especially in the legs, and flushed, moist skin. Treatment involves moving to a cool place to rest. Remove excess clothing and place cool cloths on skin and fan skin.
Signs of heat exhaustion include extreme weakness, thirst, muscle cramps, nausea or headache, and heavy sweating. Victims may also vomit or faint. Heat exhaustion is treated with plenty of liquids and rest in a cool, shaded area. If untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke.
Heat stroke is a serious illness characterized by a body temperature greater than 103 degrees. Symptoms may include dry red skin, convulsions, disorientation, delirium, and coma. Onset of heat stroke can be rapid; serious symptoms can occur within minutes. Treatment involves the rapid lowering of body temperature by taking a cool bath or applying wet towels to the body. Keep victims of heat stroke in a cool area and call 911 immediately.
Woody Baker-CohnAssistant ManagerMarin County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Services
Emergency Operations Facility1600 Los Gamos DriveSan Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-2724Email: Woody Baker-Cohn