Officials Urge to Stay Cool as Heat Wave Envelops SoCal

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Forecasted high temperatures Sunday through Tuesday from the National Weather Service. In the Coachella Valley, highs are predicted to be 109 to 114 degrees today, 112 to 117 degrees Sunday, 114 to 119 degrees Monday, 117 to 122 degrees Tuesday and 115 to 120 degrees Wednesday.

The National Weather Service warns that Northern California is in for an extended period of hot weather.

NWS forecasters blamed the high heat on strong high pressure over Western States and said it would cause temperatures to be 12-18 degrees above normal this weekend, with the Antelope Valley boasting the warmest temperatures.

Heat index values are expected to reach between 100 and 105 degrees Friday in parts of eastern Oklahoma. Keep in mind to check pavement temperatures by feeling it with the back of your hand - if it's hot for you, it's too hot for your pet to walk on. Pi encouraged Bay Area residents to drink plenty of water and to stay out of the heat as much as possible.

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EMSA officials reported receiving 16 heat-related calls in Oklahoma City since Wednesday, including a 71-year-old man who became ill while trying to move a vehicle and was taken to a local hospital on Friday. "Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days".

As hot as it's expected to be, Pi said he does not believe any heat records to fall over the next five or so days.

To start off the weekend, the weather service posted a tweet to remind us why we should be thankful for having a desk job come Monday.

Californias Heat Illness Prevention Standard requires employers to train workers on the signs and symptoms of heat illness, provide shade when temperatures exceed 80 degrees, develop emergency response procedures and train workers on how to execute those procedures when necessary.