SALINAS VALLEY — Local emergency officials have issued an excessive heat warning this weekend for parts of Monterey County, including the cities of Greenfield and King City as well as southern Salinas Valley.

The warning takes effect beginning at 12 p.m. Friday and continues until 11 p.m. Sunday, according to the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services.

Dangerously hot conditions are expected, with temperatures ranging from 102 to 110 degrees. Overnight temperatures will also remain very warm, mostly in the mid-70s to mid-80s in the higher elevations.

Other areas under the advisory are Arroyo Seco, Lake San Antonio, Santa Lucia Mountains, Los Padres National Forest and interior Monterey County, including Pinnacles National Park.

“The hottest temperatures are expected in the mountains of San Benito and Monterey counties, the far southern end of the Salinas Valley, and the mountains of northeastern Napa and Sonoma counties,” stated the National Weather Service (NWS) in an alert.

Prolonged exposure to hot temperatures can increase risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. According to NWS, people most vulnerable include those who spend extended periods outdoors, those without air conditioning, young children, the elderly and those with chronic illness.

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors,” the NWS advised. “Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.”

King City Recreation Center at 401 Division St. will be open as a Cooling Center on Saturday and Sunday, July 10 and 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The King City pools and the splash pad at City Park are also available, the city announced.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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