Nevada City, CA – National Weather Service Sacramento has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for western Nevada County this week. In response, Nevada County will open cooling centers at the Grass Valley and Penn Valley libraries from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 7. Higher temperatures can be dangerous for everyone, especially the very young, senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions.

Nevada County Cooling Center at the Grass Valley Library
Nevada County Cooling Center at the Grass Valley Library

Beat the Heat at Cooling Centers this Week

As temperatures climb into the weekend, residents can beat the heat in cool public places, like Nevada County Library branches, grocery stores, or movie theaters.

Cooling centers will provide air-conditioned space and water will be available. Well-behaved pets on a leash are allowed, and both locations are Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible. Library desk services will only be available during regular library hours, but residents can access the Wi-Fi and look at the materials while using the space.

Tips for Hot Weather

  • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water*, especially before, during, and after outdoor activities.
  • Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light clothing; wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears, and neck if you’ll be outside.
  • Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours.
  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol.
  • Be safe when recreating in local lakes and rivers. Cold water temperatures and high river flows due to recent snowmelt can cause potentially dangerous swimming conditions.
  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat.
  • Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually.
  • Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts.
  • Check with family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning. Higher temperatures can be especially dangerous for those with conditions that make the body less able to regulate temperature.
  • Move to a cooler location at the first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid.
  • Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in direct sunlight.
  • Take care of pets! Make sure they have plenty of shade and water to drink. Walk dogs when the temperature is cooler; asphalt can be over 50 degrees hotter than the outdoor temperature.

(*) If your doctor limits the amount of fluid you drink or take water pills, ask them how much you should drink when the weather is hot.

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