Excessive heat watch for the Bay Area

May 15, 2008 7:17:15 AM PDT
With temperatures at record highs, cooling centers will be open throughout the Bay Area. The Bay Area is also under its first Spare the Air Day of the year.

A heat advisory has been issued for most of the Bay Area today, record high heat is expected. Elderly residents are being advised to stay in air conditioned areas, and drink plenty of water.

Due to the intense heat, Thursday is also the first Spare the Air Day of the season, but there will not be free mass transit rides this year; that's because high gas prices have already lead to an increase in ridership on public transit. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is encouraging people to limit their time outdoors.

"We recommend that people limit their exercise or outdoor activity during the high heat hours of the day, primarily between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., so that they can reduce their exposure to smog and other known air pollution," Lisa Fasano, Bay Area Air Quality Mgmt. District.

PG&E does not expect power shortages, but is asking customers to conserve energy. One of the ways to conserve energy is to head to a cooling center.

Here's a few of the symptoms of heat illness you'll want to watch out for if you're spending a lot of time outside today: confusion, fatigue, dizziness, chills and in severe cases seizures.

If you begin getting any of those symptoms you'll want to head inside as soon as possible.

  • Heat resources: How to beat the heat
  • Bay Area severe weather resources


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