Historic heat wave sweeps Valley, but cooldown on the horizon

Experts say staying hydrated could mean the difference between life and death.

ByAlyssa Flores, Kevin Musso, Madeline Evans, and ABC30.com staff via KFSN logo
Thursday, September 8, 2022
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During the Labor Day weekend and beyond, Fresno, Merced and Hanford saw record-breaking heat, setting new records for high maximum temperatures.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Central California is suffering through a blistering heat wave that is impacting the health, education and businesses of people.

During the Labor Day weekend and beyond, Fresno, Merced and Hanford saw record-breaking heat, setting new records for high maximum temperatures.

On Tuesday, Fresno set a new record for September with a high of 114 - the city's hottest September day in recorded history.

This comes right after the Valley moved out of an unusually hot August.

ABC30 Chief Meteorologist Kevin Musso says while the heat wave will remain over the next few days, the chances of a Sierra storm will return and stay through the weekend, bringing cooler temperatures.

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The risk of heat-related illness is always a concern when temperatures are predicted to be this high.

Here are some tips from health officials to get through the heat wave:

  • Drink more water than usual
  • Stay in a cool or shady area
  • Minimize physical activity
  • Wear light, loose clothing
  • If you work outdoors, take frequent breaks and go somewhere to cool down
  • Headache, nausea and dizziness are all symptoms of heat exhaustion.

    Staying hydrated in the most severe cases could mean the difference between life and death.

    Health experts say if you or someone you know is experiencing heat exhaustion and drinking water and cooling off still aren't helping, it could be time to call 911.