RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. - A heat warning has been issued across Riverside County for Thursday and Friday as temperatures are expected to climb well into the triple digits.
The heat wave means Cool Centers will be open to provide relief to residents.
County health officials said people who are susceptible to excessive heat, including the elderly and families with young children, are encouraged to visit a Cool Center if need be. Cool Centers provide snacks and water as well as activities and resource information.
Even if you feel you're acclimated to the heat, health officials warn that the high temperatures can still pose dangers for those living in desert cities and the Coachella Valley, where triple digit temperatures are regular.
"When you get temperatures like those being predicted, it presents a particularly dangerous situation," said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, public health officer for Riverside County. "Taking extra precautions can make a big difference."
Kaiser reminded those who will be driving long distances to check their vehicles to make sure they are running properly and to carry extra water. Drivers are also urged to never leave children, the elderly or pets in a parked vehicle even for a short period of time.
People with the following symptoms should try to remain in a cool place and drink water to prevent dehydration:
- Weakness or muscle pains
- Nausea and vomiting
For more information on Cool Centers locations, call 888-636-8676, or visit rivcohealthdata.org.
You can also check out the full list of Cool Centers in Riverside County.