Heat Advisory for Sonoma County
Santa Rosa, CA – The National Weather Service is predicting another period of high heat on Thursday, October 1st and Friday, October 2nd. Afternoon temperatures are expected to reach above 95 degrees both days. Additionally, there is a red flag warning for the North Bay beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday October 1st lasting through 6 p.m. Friday October 2nd.
The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services and Emergency Response partners remind the public that excessive heat poses a significant health risk, particularly to the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with chronic health conditions. Heat-related illnesses range from cramps and heat exhaustion to heat stroke and, in extreme cases, even death. Warning signs of heat-related illness include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, tiredness or dizziness, nausea or vomiting, headache or weakness.
If you need to seek shelter outside of your home to cool down, continue to wear face coverings and stay at least six feet apart from others. If you have symptoms or are COVID-19 positive, do not relocate to one of these alternate sites but call your healthcare provider instead.
The City of Santa Rosa will be operating a cooling center tomorrow at the Franklin Park Clubhouse located at 2095 Franklin Avenue in Santa Rosa. You may find more details at the City of Santa Rosa’s website: SRCity.org/CoolingCenter.
Due to the forecasted extreme heat combined with poor air-quality due to the Glass Fires, Sonoma County health officials advise individuals to stay indoors. The following guidelines can help protect yourself and those around you.
- Drink – Drink plenty of cool fluids, even if you are not physically active and even if you are not thirsty. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
- Dress – Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Add a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher).
- Decrease – Limit physical activity, and stay indoors in an air-conditioned space.
- Defend – If you must do work outside, try to schedule it during the early mornings or evenings after it has cooled down. During the heat of the day, stay in shaded areas. Monitor coworkers and ask them to do the same for you. Check on the elderly, infants and young children frequently. Check on those with chronic illnesses or those who are on medication.
- Demonstrate – Use common sense. Make sure animals and pets have plenty of fresh water and shade. Consider bringing pets inside and consider wetting down outside animals.
Don’t – Do not leave any person or pet in a parked car for any length of time for any reason. And be sure to check on the welfare of your neighbors.
For more detailed information on how to take care of yourself during high heat, visit the SoCoEmergency.org heat page: https://socoemergency.org/prepare/local-hazards/heat-advisories/
For Animal Safety: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Animal-Services/News/Safety-During-Heat/
For weather information, visit the Bay Area National Weather Service (NWS) page below:
NWS San Francisco Bay Area Weather Map: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=CAZ506