Health

Heat warning for San Benito County on Sunday

Triple-digit temperatures are expected on Sunday, with a bit of a cooling trend on the horizon after a Red Flag Warning for fire danger
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A high pressure ridge across much of the western United States will continue to produce hot weather across inland portions of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay areas through the remainder of the weekend, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a heat advisory that will be in effect through 9 p.m. Sunday. Triple-digit temperatures are anticipated across inland and higher elevation locations, including San Benito County with the hottest spots possibly reaching 105 degrees or more.

Higher elevation locations will not cool off much overnight amplifying the potential heat risks there. Prolonged exposure will increase the risk of heat related illnesses for all people and animals. In addition, the hot, dry air mass will also increase fire risk.

Pets and livestock may also require extra care through the warm weather. Hot, dry weather will increase risk of human sourced wildfire. A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. Prolonged heat will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. The National Weather Service recommends drinking plenty of fluids, staying in an air-conditioned room and out of the sun and checking up on relatives and neighbors.

Hot and dry weather will also increase the risk of human-sourced wildfires. Individuals flocking to the coast for heat relief and unfamiliar with the state of the ocean may be at increased risk of hypothermia or being pulled out to sea by rip currents, the weather service noted. A red flag warning has been issued as well, meanng that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

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Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.