Hot weather will continue through the weekend

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long-beach-heat-waveThe City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is advising residents to take precautions against the heat due to the National Weather Service’s forecast that hot weather will affect much of Southern California through the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement forecasting higher than normal temperatures for the next several days.  For Long Beach Airport, temperatures in the 90s are forecast for today through Friday, August 28.

Residents are reminded to be safe and practice heat precautions to protect themselves from heat related illness especially while participating in outdoor activities.

The elderly, people with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat related conditions. However everyone should take precautions to reduce the risk of heat related illness:

  1. Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after outdoor activities;
  2. Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors;
  3. Wear loose fitting, light clothing; wear a hat if you’ll be outside;
  4. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol;
  5. Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat;
  6. Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually;
  7. Seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat at stores, malls, theaters, etc.
  8. Check on frail elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat;
  9. Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid;
  10. Never leave a child or pet in a parked car, or asleep in the direct sunlight;
  11. Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink.

Should air quality deteriorate (due to pollution and regional fire activity), residents should also monitor outdoor activity to minimize exposure to pollutants.  Although temperatures are above normal, they are not high enough to warrant opening cooling centers in the community.  If conditions change, the City Health Officer will determine whether cooling centers need to be opened.

For more information on how to stay healthy during hot weather, please visit the Health Department’s website at

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