Weekend heat prompts county health warnings

Weekend heat wave prompts county health warnings
Temperatures are expected to climb by more than 10 degrees Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Contra Costa County health officials are urging residents to stay cool and hydrated, as a heat warning has been issued for the holiday weekend in the Bay Area.

Friday’s high temperatures in Richmond are expected to be 10 degrees warmer than today and remaining hot through Saturday, according to Weather.com. Triple digit heat is expected elsewhere, prompting the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning from 11 a.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Monday. 

Contra Costa County Health Services is reminding folks to take preventative measures against heat-related illness.

“Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs and lead to death,” the county states. “Even young and healthy individuals can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.”

Staying cool via air-conditioning is one way to stay safe. Visit public facilities that are air-conditioned, such as a mall or movie theater. Check out this list of cooling stations provided countywide. They include the Richmond Senior Center at 2525 Macdonald Ave., along with senior centers in Hercules and Pinole.

For more information on how to protect yourself from hot weather, call the California Office of Emergency Services toll free line at 1-877-435-7021 or 211.