County reminds residents to plan for weekend heat

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Contra Costa health officials offer tips to beat the heat
Hot temperatures are prompting warnings from public health officials.

With temperatures set to exceed 100 degrees in some parts of Contra Costa County this weekend, health officials are reminding residents to take steps to stay safe and healthy.

Residents, particularly those vulnerable to extreme temperatures, are encouraged to stay in air-conditioned space during the hottest parts of the day, if possible, including libraries, indoor malls and community centers, and to drink plenty of water and avoid sugary or alcoholic beverages.

Temperatures during the weekend are forecast to reach up to 104 degrees in Concord and Brentwood, 100 degrees in Antioch, 83 in Pinole and up to 80 degrees in Richmond, according to the National Weather Service.

“If you live in the inland parts of Contra Costa County, it may be a good idea to reconsider outdoor plans on Saturday and Sunday, particularly if they involve strenuous exercise or work,” said Dr. Chris Farnitano, Contra Costa County Health Officer.

Other tips:  Avoid strenuous activity if you must go out during the hottest part of the day, wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes with a hat and sunscreen.

Those experiencing homelessness can connect with services via 211.

Visit cchealth.org/heat for more information about staying health in hot weather, including tips for staying cool and information about heat illness.

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