National Weather Service issues heat advisory as highs expected to peak at 108 at midweek


Temperatures that peaked at 110 in Taft last week before cooling slightly over the weekend are coming back this week with a vengeance.
The National Weather Service has issued and excessive heat watch for the entire Southern San Joaquin Valley that will be in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday evening.
Afternoon highs will be climbing to 108 and overnight lows will drop only into the 80s.
Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be the hottest days.
The latest forecast for Taft calls a high of 103 on Monday, 108 on Tuesday and Wednesday and 105 on Thursday and Friday.
Even though the current watch expires Thursday at 11 p.m., triple digit heat is expected to remain through the weekend at least.
An excessive heat watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in
which heat illnesses are possible.
Heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be possible. People most vulnerable include those who are spending lots of time outdoors, those who do not have air,  conditioning, young children, the elderly and those with chronic ailments.
Pets should be kept cool and have plenty of water, too.
People are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.