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KQED Features PHI’s Gina Solomon on the Impacts of California’s Heat Wave & Ways to Stay Safe

With rising temperatures, many communities throughout California are putting excessive heat warnings in place. PHI’s Gina Solomon joins KQED Forum as expert speaker to discuss the health impacts of extreme heat and what people can do to stay safe.

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“It’s hot outside and getting hotter. Excessive heat warnings are in effect this week for Southern and Central California, with temperatures as high as 112 degrees in the San Fernando and San Joaquin Valleys and 115 degrees in the Inland Empire expected by Labor Day. And temperatures in Northern California are expected to be up to 20 degrees warmer than normal through Tuesday. We’ll talk about who’s most at risk, how to stay cool and how California’s state and local officials are thinking about mitigating the effects of heat and record temperatures induced by climate change.


Gina Solomon
...We need to take heat seriously. It's easy for some people to say well we're used to heat or others to say it'll be kind of nice to have a warm weekend, but heat really does kill people. And in fact, it kills hundreds, or depending on the numbers you look at, thousands of people in the state every year. Dr. Gina Solomon

Program Director of PHI’s Achieving Resilient Communities and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco

Listen to the full interview by clicking on the link below.

Originally published by KQED - Forum

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