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Update: Regional Heat Advisories

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The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for both the Mother Lode and the Northern San Joaquin Valley, effective now until 8 PM Friday.

An Excessive Heat Warning has been issued for Mariposa County through 11 PM tonight (Wednesday). This will be downgraded to a Heat Advisory from 11 PM tonight until 8 PM Friday.

Expect hot conditions through Friday evening. In the Central Valley the highs will range from 100 to 108 degrees. The highs in the Mother Lode will range between 96 to 105 degrees. The highs in Mariposa County today (Wednesday) will range between 98 to 103 degrees. On Thursday and Friday, the highs in Mariposa County will range between 96 to 101 degrees.

The hot temperatures will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

Warm overnight lows are expected through Friday morning, ranging from 65 to 76 degrees in the Central Valley and 72 to 82 degrees in the Mother Lode.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1. Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation.