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Riverside County Health Officials Issue Heat Advisory

George Severson

Riverside County Health Officials Issue Heat Advisory

CREATED Jun. 21, 2012

PALM DESERT - A Heat warning is in effect for all desert cities and surrounding areas in Riverside County as of June 21, according to a press advisory released Thursday evening by Riverside County health officials.

Temperatures are expected to exceed 97 degrees for the next six days and cool centers will be open. Vulnerable individuals, such as children and the elderly, are encouraged to visit a cool center during extended periods of high-heat days. Cool centers provide snacks and water, in addition to activities and resource information. Cool centers are open during the week. Residents should check with their local cool center for weekend hours.

People with the following symptoms should try to remain in a cool place and drink water to prevent dehydration:

· Headache

· Dizziness

· Weakness or muscle pains

· Nausea and vomiting

Heat warnings are issued by the Department of Public Health when temperatures above 97 degrees are forecast for three or more consecutive days. When Heat Warnings are issued, Cool centers will be opened to everyone, especially seniors, low-income individuals and families. Cool centers are located throughout Riverside County and can provide water, snacks and information about transportation and resources.

For more information or for a list of cool center locations, call (888) 636-8676 or visit www.rivcohealthdata.org. Speech or hearing impaired individuals may call TTY (951) 955-5126.

For a list of summer-weather information and health recommendations, visit www.capriverside.org.

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