STOCKTON — “It's a hot one out here” was the general consensus by Stockton residents Wednesday as temperatures flirted with triple digits for a second day.
However, according to a city spokeswoman, the high temperatures are quite typical for this time of year.
“We are experiencing very normal temperatures for Stockton right now,” said city of Stockton spokeswoman Connie Cochran.
The city of Stockton coordinates with San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services on issues that face the entire region.
Both the city of Stockton and San Joaquin County plan on using the heat index, a measurement used to determine discomfort felt as a result of the combined effects of the temperature and humidity of the air.
The index goes by phases, with phase one yielding low risk to those who are sensitive to light. The index can increase to as high as phase four, which means a very high risk to the entire population with no overnight relief.
Services such as cooling facilities are activated only when the weather reaches an extremely high temperature.
“If we do experience high heat over several days, without cooling overnight, we will work with them to address the needs of the community,” said Cochran.
The city and county are in phase one of the heat index, meaning there are no current plans to open cooling centers.
Some helpful tips provided by Public Health Services of San Joaquin County include encouraging residents to drink plenty of water even if they’re not thirsty, wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, reduce activity between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. if possible and avoid beverages containing caffeine or alcohol.
Another tip from Public Health Services is to take advantage of public areas that provide cooling areas, such as community centers, malls, movie theaters and public libraries.
Brian Marks of Stockton offered his approach to staying cool while outside.
“By drinking hot coffee,” Marks joked. “No, I just came from studying for my exam at the library and it’s nice and cool in there.”
Public Health Services advise those who are experiencing heat-related symptoms such as heavy sweating, muscle cramping, or a body temperature of 105 with hot, dry skin and confusion to seek immediate medical attention.
For more information on how to beat the heat, visit sjgov.org/department/oes as well as their Facebook page at facebook.com/sjcoes.
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