Riverside County Warning Residents About Heat Dangers

Riverside County public  health officials have issued guidance as temperatures continue to rise across the region.

In Western Riverside County, temperatures are projected to reach 110 degrees.

Here in the Coachella Valley we are feeling temps that are hitting as high as 124 degrees.

An Excessive Heat Warning in the desert runs through 9 p-m Friday July 12th 2024.

Cooler temps will arrive over the weekend, along with higher humidity levels, so it won’t exactly feel comfortable.

“During times of extreme heat, it is imperative to ensure your own safety as well as those around you,” said Public Health Officer Dr. Geoffrey Leung. “If you know anyone who is susceptible to heat-related illness, like older adults and those with chronic health conditions, check on their well-being and ensure they have the means to remain cool.” 

Leung advises limiting outdoor activity, remaining indoors in air-conditioned buildings, wearing loose and light-colored clothing, taking cool showers or baths and drinking lots of water. Avoid drinking alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar. If you must go outside, avoid the hottest hours of the day, wear sunscreen and take numerous breaks. 

“Take this heat seriously, even if you’re healthy,” Leung said. “Just a few precautions can help you stay safe. Even remaining outdoors for short periods of time can negatively impact your health.” 

Riverside County opened Cool Centers for residents who do not have access to air conditioning. A full list of Cool Center locations and hours of operation can be found at www.capriverside.org/cool-centers. You can also visit public spaces such as libraries or shopping centers that have air conditioning. 

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness, call 911. Symptoms include a body temperature of 103 degrees or higher, vomiting, dizziness, confusion, and hot, red, dry or damp skin.  

For more information and resources on how to “Beat the Heat,” visit https://linktr.ee/ruhspublichealth


Cool & Warm Center sign from Riverside County CA Community Action Partnership. July 2024