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Update: Excessive Heat Watch Issued For This Weekend

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the Mother Lode, the Sierra Nevada and the Northern San Joaquin Valley from Friday afternoon through Monday evening.

High temperatures in the Central Valley will be near 100 degrees on Friday. The highs will then range from 100 to 110 degrees on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Low temperatures in the Central Valley will range from 65 to 75 degrees.

Models are suggesting that the triple digit heat will continue for much of next week.

Hot temperatures will increase heat related illnesses for those exposed to prolonged outdoor heat, especially the elderly, children, and other sensitive groups without access to air conditioning.

There may also be heat stress to livestock with limited relief from the heat during the overnight hours.

The area waterways are running very cold and fast, increasing both the risk and probability for hypothermia and water rescues.

An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. Hot temperatures will combine to create a DANGEROUS SITUATION in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.