For anyone who's stepped outside in the past 24 hours, this won't be news: It's hot. Like, really, really hot.
The National Weather System expects temperatures in Rosemont to reach 103 degrees today and, as a result, has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the greater Sacramento area. Responding to the hot weather, Sacramento County has issued a number of ways Sacramentans can beat the heat.
Here's what Sacramento County officials advise we do:
Ensure the safety of your loved ones and check on family members, friends, and neighbors during heat waves.
- Never leave your loved ones and/or pets in a parked vehicle.
Drink lots of fluids - During the hot weather you’re more vulnerable to dehydration.
- Increase your intake of nonalcoholic fluids, regardless of your activity level and whether or not you are thirsty.
- Limit drinking fluids containing alcohol and caffeine.
- If you are on a fluid-restricted diet, consult your doctor before increasing the amount of fluid intake.
Eat light meals regularly, and avoid hot and heavy foods.
Wear sunscreen and dress appropriately:
- Apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher
- Wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting attire
- Use a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face and head.
- Take cool showers or bath
- Limit exposure to the sun by staying indoors as much as possible, especially during the hottest hours of the day (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
- If you don’t have air conditioning at home, consider a trip to the mall, theaters, public libraries, or other public buildings.
- In serious heat emergencies, the City and County will open ‘cooling centers.'
Avoid activity in the hottest hours of the day:
- If you must work outside take breaks in a shaded area.
- If you must exercise make sure to drink 2-4 glasses of cool fluids, such as water or sports drink every hour.
For those who do choose to venture out into the sun, County officials suggest a number of cool, shady parks and riverways throughout Rosemont.
Be sure to enjoy them safely and always be sure to follow water safety guidelines as issued by Sacramento County's Regional Parks District.