By Staff | Office of Wellness

The current forecast calls for a strong high pressure system that will bring the hottest weather of the year to much of California this week, on through the weekend. Widespread temperatures 10-15 degrees above average with record highs are possible. Multiple days of 100+ heat combined with poor cooling overnight will impact outdoor activities, recreation, construction and power use.

On August 7, 2012, the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) held a meeting to discuss the ‘Heat Contingency Plan’ and to plan for upcoming adverse weather conditions. Their recomendations for coping with the extreme temperatures this week can be found on the Cal EMA website under Summer Heat Resources.

Don’t forget your pets

Animals, particularly those that spend time outdoors, are vulnerable to the heat as well. Check out the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website for important “hot weather tips” on keeping your pets protected from heat and other emergencies.