The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for the entire Southern San Joaquin Valley plus the mountains and desert of Kern County as the first heat wave of summer begins.
The heat watch will remain in effect through Monday at 8 p.m.
Temperatures are expected to hit triple digits for the next week at least, with the hottest days coming on Sunday and Monday with highs of 110 and 11 degrees. Temperatures are expected to ease just a bit at midweek but will still be over 100 degrees.
The NWS issued this statement at midday Thursday:
An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat
exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911."
Kern County will open the Veterans Building at 218 Taylor when daytime highs are predicted to hit 105 degrees or higher.
It will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.