Did you enjoy most of this month thus far with cooler than average temperatures and less humidity? Well that is about to change to read on for details.
Models here at Southern California Weather Force have been indicating a major heatwave to strike the southland for awhile now and it is not all that uncommon to have one at the end of August, which happens a lot around my birthday August 29th for as long as I can remember. I don’t believe I remember a cold birthday.
The type of heat and humidity coming is going to be very dangerous. It is urged you have preparations in place.
Coastal zones will be warmer than usual so this might be a good beach day … then again most of the kids are school so this came a bit too late. Likely this will be the furthest reaching heatwave as the past heatwaves this Summer have seen only 70s at the coast … this will have 80s. John Wayne Airport will near the triple digit mark and the Inland Empire over 110F, with projections of 113+ at the Ontario International Airport (KONT).
The map in this projection is for Tuesday, August 29th.
Temperatures are expected to remain above 100 in many areas through the week and into early September.
In addition to the high temperatures, easterly flow will promote monsoonal moisture into the area and this will work with the convective temperatures to kick off thunderstorms in the Inland Empire zones once again.
Stay tuned for updates on the Facebook Page, your email, members section, facebook groups for your areas, or my twitter for updates …
Here is what to do before and during a heatwave in your area –
- Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
- Be aware of both the temperature and the heat index. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined.
- Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you spend time— home, work and school—and prepare for power outages.
- Check the contents of your emergency disaster kit in case a power outage occurs.
- Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
- If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
- Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than are people living in rural areas.
- Get trained in First Aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.
- Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.
What To Do During a Heat Wave
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
- DO NOT WALK YOUR DOGS ON THE PAVEMENT …