Temperatures are on the rise in Riverside County and residents are urged to be careful in the extreme heat. Temperatures of 105 degrees to 110 degrees are expected for the inland valleys, mountains and desert regions.
"Take this heat seriously, even if you're healthy," said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, the county public health officer. "Just a few precautions can help you stay safe."
Kaiser advises limiting outdoor activity, remaining indoors in air-conditioned buildings, wearing loose and light-colored clothing, taking cool showers or baths and drinking lots of water. Avoid drinking alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
High temperatures can be hazardous for many people, especially for the elderly and those with medical conditions. Heat-related injuries such as heatstroke, an illness that occurs when the body can no longer regulate its temperature, can strike fast and pose life-threatening consequences.
Riverside County residents without access to air-conditioning are urged to visit their local cool centers. Coordinated by the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, in conjunction with the health department, cool centers are located in local libraries, senior and community centers. Light refreshments and water will be available at some locations.
For a list of cooling center locations, visit http://www.rivcohealthdata.org/home/index.php/cool-centers.