Severe heat advisory extended to Friday

Severe heat advisory extended to Friday

The National Weather Service has extended a Heat Advisory for San Diego to Friday, Sept. 1 at 10 p.m. A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected which will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Expect excessive heat through the workweek. High pressure aloft over the Great Basin will create excessively hot weather through Friday. Temperatures will cool some over the weekend, but will remain above average.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Those working or spending time outdoors, the elderly, children, and those unaccustomed to excessive heat will be most susceptible to dangerous heat illness. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstance.

Visit Cool Zones to escape the heat
The Scripps Miramar Ranch Library and the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center are two official Cool Zones where residents may gather to escape the severe heat.

The Scripps Miramar Ranch Library is located at 10301 Scripps Lake Drive and is open 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. It is closed Sunday.

The Scripps Ranch Recreation Center is located at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive and is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Tuesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday.

The San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency has designated a number of locations as Cool Zones to provide relief from hot weather for citizens who do not have access to air conditioning. For more information call 800-510-2020.

Local schools not closing early
Fifty-eight schools in the San Diego Unified School District will end classes early on Tuesday this week due to the heat wave. None of these schools are in Scripps Ranch.

All schools in the San Diego Unified School District have “hot weather” plans in place for continued operations of schools during periods of extremely hot weather. The guidelines for the plans are outlined in Administrative Procedure 4032.

The district does not close schools due to hot weather but may call for minimum days at some schools under certain circumstances. Minimum days would be called at schools that cannot provide air conditioned learning spaces for all children when the forecasted temperature is 95 degrees or higher with a heat index of 103 degrees or higher. A minimum day schedule is not called on the first day of a heat wave but a decision would be made by noon on the day prior to minimum or modified day schedules being implemented.

See related story for tips on coping with hot summer weather.

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