The hot weather is here and its apparently going to stay around longer that first thought.
The excessive heat warning has been extended through Tuesday night at 8 p.m.
A cooling center in the Taft Veterans Building at 218 Taylor street will be open through Monday at least.
It is open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and water and snacks will be provided.
The National Weather Service says an expected cool down at midweek after several days of 110 degrees isn't going to be as significant as was thought.
So now the forecast is for triple digit heat to continue through next week.
By noon Saturday it was already 102 in Taft on the way to an expected high of 107, with even hotter weather to come.
Sunday's high is expected to be near 110 with a high for Monday and Tuesday of 111.
A little cooling is expected Wednesday with a high of 106 and the Fourth of July will still be hot at 104.
Overnight lows will be in the upper 70s to low 80s.S
Here is the text of the latest weather statement from the NWS:
Excessive heat warning remains in effect from noon today to 8 p.m. PDT Tuesday for elevations at and below 3000 feet...
An excessive heat warning remains in effect from noon today to 8 PM PDT Tuesday for the Kern County mountains for elevations at and below 3000 feet.
* Temperature: heat indices at or above 105 degrees for several hours... primarily between the hours of 2 p.m. PDT and 8 PM PDT.
* Impacts: children... the elderly... and people with chronic ailments are the most susceptible to heat-related illness. Heat exhaustion... cramps... or in extreme cases heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to these conditions. Friends... relatives and neighbors should check on people who may be at risk. Pets and livestock are also susceptible to heat illness and should be cared for accordingly.
An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur... creating a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids... stay in an air-conditioned room... stay out of the sun... check up on relatives and neighbors who might need assistance... and reduce outdoor exposure. For more preparedness tips... visit http://www.Calema.CA.Gov.
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.