Beat the Heat! Stay Safe During the Upcoming Heat Wave

Posted on July 1, 2024

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Update: The National Weather Service extended the Excessive Heat Warning through Wednesday, July 10th, and the Red Flag Warning through Saturday, July 6th. The Sonoma County Health Officer has also extended thier Heath Advisory through Tuesday, July 9th.

As a result of the extended heat event, some of the locations listed below as “Cool Places to Visit” have also extended thier hours. Find updated information below, additions and changes appear in green.

Original Message:

With the upcoming heat wave starting on Tuesday, July 1st, and lasting through Saturday, July 6th we want to ensure that all of our community members are prepared and informed about how to stay safe in the extreme temperatures.

Heat Wave Details:

  • Hottest Days: Tuesday (107°F) and Wednesday (105°F)
  • Temperatures: Expected to dip below 100°F on July 4th, then remain in the high 90s to low 100s through the weekend
  • Warnings: The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning from the morning of Tuesday, July 2nd through the evening of Saturday, July 6th –  and a Red Flag Warning for the North Bay Mountains from 11 PM Monday, July 1st – 5 PM Wednesday, July 3rd. The Sonoma County Health Officer has issued a Health Advisory.

Stay Safe Tips:

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  2. Limit Sun Exposure: Stay indoors during peak heat hours (10 AM – 4 PM).
  3. Wear Light Clothing: Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing helps keep you cool.
  4. Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Ensure that elderly neighbors and those with medical conditions are safe.
  5. Know the Signs of Heat Illness: Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Seek immediate medical attention if these occur.
  6. Find more Summer weather preparedness tips and resources on our website.

Cool Places to Visit:

  • El Verano Elementary School Multipurpose Room: Located at 18606 Riverside Drive., hours of operation are:
    • Tuesday through Sunday, 12 noon – 8 PM
  • Sonoma Valley Regional Library: This unofficial cooling center provides a cool refuge with the following hours:
    • Tuesday, July 2nd & Wednesday, July 3rd: 10 AM – 8 PM
    • CLOSED Thursday for the 4th of July holiday
    • Friday, July 5th & Saturday, July 6th: 10 AM – 6 PM
    • Sunday, July 7th: 1 PM – 5 PM
    • Monday, July 8th: 10 AM – 6 PM
    • Tuesday, July 9th: 10 AM – 8 PM
  • Vintage House Sonoma: Typically a membership-based facility, Vintage House will be open to all community members regardless of age with expanded hours on:
    • Tuesday, July 2nd & Wednesday, July 3rd: 9 AM to 7 PM
    • CLOSED Thursday for the 4th of July holiday
    • Friday, July 5th: 9 AM to 7 PM
  •  Sonoma Splash  – Sonoma Valley High School Aquatics Center: Offers day passes – $5 for children and students, $10 for seniors, and $15 for adults – and will be open daily including for limited hours on July 4th. It’s a great option to cool off with a swim.
  • SOS Unity Kitchen: Located at 17400 Highway 12, it will offer extended hours in an air-conditioned facility with water and ice cream on:
    • Tuesday, July 2nd & Wednesday, July 3rd: 9 AM – 5 PM
    • Closed Thursday, July 4th – Sunday, July 7th
    • Monday, July 8th & Tuesday, July 9th: 9 AM – 5 PM
    • Meals Provided:
      • Breakfast: 9 AM – 11 AM
      • Lunch: 11 AM – 1 PM
  • Sonoma United Methodist Church: Located at 109 Patten St., air-conditioning, water and wifi. Hours of operation are:
    • Wednesday, July 3rd, 12 noon – 6 PM
  • Regional Cooling Centers: Visit for an updated list

By staying informed and taking advantage of these community resources, we can all beat the heat and stay safe during this weather event.

Stay cool and take care!

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