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Posted on: August 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] High Risk Heat Event Continues Through Wednesday

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The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an excessive heat warning through midweek for Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa, where the hottest temperatures are expected to peak in the mid 90s to mid 100s. The City of Santa Rosa is reminding residents to be mindful of the heat and follow these safety tips:

  • Never leave children, seniors, or pets in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
  • If possible, stay out of the sun and in air-conditioned areas.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and stay hydrated even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool.
  • Check on seniors and those most susceptible to heat impacts.
  • Take extra care for pets, crops, and livestock.
  • Watch for hot pavement when walking dogs.

Cooling Centers Open
Due to the heightened weather conditions, the City has activated cooling centers on Monday through Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. All information on the cooling centers, including location and site details, can be found at

Rotating Power Outages Possible Due to Strain on Power Grid
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has asked residents and businesses statewide to be prepared for likely rolling power outages during the late afternoons and early evenings through Wednesday due to the fact that there may NOT be sufficient energy supply to meet the increased demand during the heat wave across California.

As of this afternoon, PG&E has indicated that rolling blackouts are likely to occur this evening in Sonoma County. For more information about these potential power outages, please visit

 State energy experts are asking residents and businesses this week to use AC early in the day, pre-set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and avoid appliance use from 3-10pm. Our actions to lower our individual energy usage can help avoid rolling power outages between 3-10pm. Read how here:

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