- Monday August 27th, 2012 :: 08:15 a.m. PDT
Weekly OEM Test - Santa Barbara County Operational Area - OEM at Duty Officer status; no active watches, warnings or advisories.
National Weather Service Special Alert:
...HOT TEMPERATURES TO RETURN TO THE INLAND PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA EARLY THIS WEEK.... A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM TO THE EAST OF THE AREA WILL EXPAND WEST AND BRING A HOT AIR MASS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR EARLY THIS WEEK. THE AIR MASS WILL WARM EACH DAY...WITH TUESDAY BEING THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE WEEK. TRIPLE DIGIT HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL BE COMMON IN THE WARMEST INLAND LOCATIONS ON TUESDAY...INCLUDING THE WESTERN SAN FERNANDO VALLEY...EASTERN SAN GABRIEL VALLEY AND
FOOTHILLS...SANTA CLARITA VALLEY...OJAI VALLEY...INTERIOR PORTIONS OF SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES...AND LOWER MOUNTAIN ELEVATIONS. THE ONLY ESCAPE FROM THE CURRENT HEAT WAVE WILL REMAIN AT THE BEACHES...WHERE DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL GENERALLY BE IN THE 70S...EXCEPT 60S ALONG THE IMMEDIATE CENTRAL COAST. HOWEVER...INTERIOR PORTIONS OF THE COASTAL PLAIN ARE EXPECTED TO CLIMB TO NEAR 90 DEGREES...ESPECIALLY ON TUESDAY. HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL APPROACH CRITICAL LEVELS ON TUESDAY AS HUMIDITY WILL INCREASE SOMEWHAT...BUT HEAT INDEX VALUES ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN BELOW DANGEROUS THRESHOLDS AT THIS TIME. NO SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED AT THE CURRENT TIME WITH THE INCREASE IN THE HUMIDITY...BUT SOME AFTERNOON CLOUDS ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE AREA MOUNTAINS.
PERSONS PLANNING TO BE OUTDOORS THROUGH TUESDAY SHOULD PRACTICE HEAT SAFETY TIPS. KEEP YOUR BODY HYDRATED WITH PLENTY OF WATER AND AVOID STRENUOUS ACTIVITY DURING THE HOTTEST PART OF THE DAY.
Summer heat waves can be dangerous. Avoid heat related illness by increasing your fluid intake, replacing salt and minerals by drinking fruit juice or a sports beverage, wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen, slow down and pace yourself, stay indoors if possible or use a buddy system if working in the heat and remember do NOT leave infants, young children, elderly or pets in an enclosed vehicle…even for a short time. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/index.shtml
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Office of Emergency Management
Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management
4408 Cathedral Oaks Rd
Santa Barbara, CA 93110