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Summer Like Heat Hits

The Visalia Fire Department is advising citizens to prepare for high temperatures this weekend, as the National Weather Service is expecting summer-like heat.

Impacts include increased potential for heat-related illness this weekend into early next week and snow melt will cause mountain rivers and streams to run very cold and very swift. Lightning, gusty winds, and small hail is possible if isolated afternoon thunderstorms develop over the high Sierra.

Temperatures for Saturday are expected to be highs between 93 and 98 degrees. Sunday through Tuesday brings more high temps to the San Joaquin Valley of 95-102 degrees. Sunday and Monday will be the hottest days, with a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms over the Sierra.

Tips to Beat the Heat:

- Wear Light-Colored Clothes: Dark clothing absorbs more heat, and tight clothes don't let sweat — your body's natural cooling system — evaporate. Throw in sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat and you're even better off.
- Stay Hydrated: Don't wait until you're thirsty! Drink water throughout the day to prevent dehydration or over exhaustion.
- Keep Sun Exposure Down: Avoid peak hours of sunlight when the temperatures and UV rays are at their highest, normally between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. That's the best time to head inside, get food and water and let your body cool down.

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