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East County News Service

July 21, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - High pressure will strengthen over Southern California, causing a summer time heatwave to sweep much of the region. 

The heat advisory is in effect from noon today to 8 p.m. on Saturday.  Temperatures are expected to reach 113-117 degrees in the Anza Borrego desert, 100-105 degrees in the valleys and 95-102 degrees in mountains below 5,000 feet.

Take extra precautions if you work outside.  Wear lightweight and lose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.  Reschedule strenuous activities for the morning or evening. 

To reduce risk of heat stroke while outside working, the National Weather Service recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in air-conditioned environments.

Find a Cool Zone.  Cool Zone information: 

Cool Zone sites, mostly located in the hottest areas of the county, help older adults and others keep cool and save energy costs.

In the summer, the County designates Cool Zone sites, air-conditioned settings where seniors and others can gather. The sites encourage people to share air conditioning during the heat of the day, lowering individual usage and helping to conserve energy for the whole community.

Residents can use officially sanctioned Cool Zones to escape the heat and rest up before going back outside.

Supervisor Dianne Jacob created the Cool Zone idea out of concern for seniors and disabled persons with health problems that could be complicated by the effects of heat.


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Plants and Animals

Bring your pets indoors and provide water and shade for livestock. Water your lawn and garden every morning and late in the evening too. If you have potted plants on your porch or patio bring them inside during the day.