Dangerous Heat Wave Coming to Coachella Valley

A dangerous heat wave is sweeping across the Coachella Valley this week. Temperatures are going to reach 120 degrees by Tuesday and are expected to reach highs above 110 everyday this week. The Coachella Valley is under an excessive heat warning by the National Weather Service until 9 p.m. Thursday. A strong ridge of high pressure setting up over the southwest region is causing the excessive temperatures.

Who is Most at Risk During a Dangerous Heat Wave?

The elderly, children, those not used to extreme heat, and those spending time outdoors are most susceptible to heat-related illness. If you have to do any work outside, you should only do so early in the morning or in the evening. Also be sure to wear light, loose-fitting clothing and stay well hydrated throughout the day.

Signs of heat stress include excessive sweating, weakness, cold/clammy skin, dizziness, fast and weak pulse, nausea or vomiting. If you begin experiencing these symptoms, get into the shade right away and lie down if possible. Drink a lot of water and rest until you regain your symptoms go away.

More serious injury can occur if signs of heat stress and heat exhaustion go ignored. If a person’s body temperature rises above 103 degrees, their pulse becomes rapid and strong, or they begin to experience an altered mental state such as unexplained confusion or unconsciousness, they may be suffering from heat stroke. This is an emergency, and you should call 911 right away.

Keep Children Safe During Dangerous Heat Wave

Parents should also keep a close eye on their children during the extreme heat, as they might have trouble expressing their discomfort. If your child is acting strangely on a particularly hot day, the health department says you should consider it heat stress. Get them out of the heat right away and help them hydrate.

Lastly, remember to never leave your children or pets in a vehicle unattended, even for minute. It takes mere minutes for a vehicle to reach lethal temperatures in this extreme heat.

“Please be safe this week during the extreme temperatures. It’s a good idea to check on your elderly friends and family members as well to make sure they are staying cool,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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