Excessive Heat Watch for Imperial County, CA

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA: SOUTHWEST ARIZONA AND SOUTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: TACNA… WELLTON… FORTUNA FOOTHILLS… YUMA… QUARTZSITE… SALOME… EHRENBERG… PARKER… CHIRIACO SUMMIT… DESERT CENTER… BLYTHE… BRAWLEY… CALEXICO… EL CENTRO

* TEMPERATURE: HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL REACH 112 TO 115 DEGREES IN THE LOWER DESERTS WEDNESDAY.

* IMPACTS: THIS WILL BE THE FIRST EXCESSIVE HEAT EPISODE OF THE SUMMER. TAKE THE NECESSARY PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE… RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. IF YOU WEAR A WIDE-BRIMMED HAT… YOUR HEAD AND BODY WILL BE MUCH COOLER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK… THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY… CALL 911.