A heat warning was issued today for eastern Riverside County, where daily high temperatures are expected to climb into the low 100s for the next week.
The warning was issued for all areas extending from Cabazon east to the Arizona border, according to Danyte Mockus with the Riverside County Department of Public Health.
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Cool centers will be open for the duration of the swelter, offering residents without air-conditioning a refuge.
A complete listing of cool centers is available at www.rivcohealthdata.org or by calling (888) 636-8676. Residents are encouraged to check with their local cool centers for weekend hours.
Health officials reminded residents to be mindful of signs of heat distress, such as headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness or cramps and nausea or vomiting, and to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
Department officials also recommended avoiding direct sunlight, closing blinds or curtains to minimize the heat and visiting malls, libraries or restaurants to stay cool.
Children, the elderly, disabled persons or animals should never be left inside unattended vehicles, county health officials said.
The department issues heat warnings when temperatures are forecast to be above 100 degrees for three to five consecutive days.