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Dangerously Hot Conditions in Ventura County & How to Stay Cool

Ventura County, along with other California communities, is facing a heat wave and has put an excessive heat warning in place. PHI’s Gina Solomon discusses the impacts of extreme heat, the warning signs of heat illness and what we can do to stay cool.

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“Ventura County baked in the sun Wednesday as it marked the first day in a near-weeklong heat wave.

The event is set to bring triple-digit temperatures for many inland areas through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

An excessive heat warning is in place countywide from 11 a.m. Wednesday through 8 p.m. Monday, with the exception of beach areas along the coast. The warning indicates the presence of dangerously hot conditions during the day and abnormally warm temperatures overnight, increasing the potential for heat-related illnesses, according to the National Weather Service.

How to beat the heat

Headed into a days-long heat wave, experts urged people to be prepared and stay safe.

The longer these heat waves go on, the worse it is for people’s ability to recover, said Dr. Gina Solomon, a physician at the Public Health Institute. Each day of successive heat takes a lot out of our bodies, she said.

“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” Solomon said. “So, take it easy and pace yourself.”

Here are some tips:

1. Seek cooler conditions

If you have air conditioning, use it. If you don’t, try to keep your home as cool as possible, Solomon said.

Gina Solomon
You don't want heat illness to progress," she said. "Heat does kill hundreds and hundreds of people in the United States every year, so we have to keep an eye on people and intervene before they get into full heat stroke. Dr. Gina Solomon

Principal Investigator, Public Health Institute

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Originally published by Ventura County Star

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