Be prepared: Excessive Heat Watch issued for Santa Barbara County

Posted at 12:21 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 15:21:52-04

Public health officials warn against excessive heat dangers in Santa Barbara County ahead of a heat wave. 

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch for Santa Barbara County beginning Monday and is expected to last through next Thursday. 

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department wants residents to start taking precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. 

They offered these tips: 

  • Take care of people who might not be aware of heat dangers, such as elderly residents, children and pets. 
  • Wear appropriate clothing.
  • Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages. 
  • Limit outdoor activity. 
  • Take regular breaks in shade or air-conditioned rooms. 
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, spend time in public places such as the library. 
  • If you work outside, stay hydrated and take breaks.
  • Do not leave children and pets in unattended vehicles. 
  • Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Someone who feels dizzy, nauseated, sweating heavily exhibits signs of heat exhaustion. With a heat stroke, the person has stopped sweating and their skin becomes unusually dry. Call 911 if heat stroke becomes a possibility at this point.   

Temperatures will also be on the rise in San Luis Obispo County. Check out chief meteorologist Dave Hovde’s microclimate weather forecast here. High temperatures can get in the way of fun if the right precautions aren’t taken, especially with the California Mid-State Fair.

You can also watch the forecast change in the past and in the future on this interactive radar map