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County offers "cool zones" to beat the heat


July 16, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – A special weather statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for San Diego’s inland valleys, mountain and desert regions due to extremely high temperatures that today reached 112 in Borrego, 102 in La Mesa, and 101 in Ramona. More hot weather is forecast this weekend, with a chance of thunderstorms.


Scroll down for tips from the NWS to avoid heat related health problems, as well as a link for "cool zones" in San Diego County:


Avoid strenuous outdoor activity. “This weather could be deadly for unprepared campers or hikers,” the NWS warns. If you must be outdoors, drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing. Wear a hat and use sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Stay in the shade or in air-conditioned buildings if possible—and don’t leave children or pets in vehicles, even briefly.


You can find a list of "cool zones" throughout San Diego County here:  http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/hhsa/programs/ais/cool_zones/index.html.



Because of the warm temperatures expected this weekend, Ramona’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), along with CAL FIRE and U.S. Forest Service personnel, will be handing out water and monitoring hikers this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the end of Ramona Oaks Road. CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service have made numerous rescues recently of hikers who were not prepared for the hazards of hiking in extreme weather along the Cedar Creek Trail.

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