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Heat wave: North County to hit 100-plus degrees for 5 days straight

Swimmers at the Ravine Waterpark in Paso Robles.
Swimmers at the Ravine Waterpark in Paso Robles. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Temperatures could reach the 103- to 110-degree range during a heat wave that’s expected to begin Saturday in San Luis Obispo County, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters have issued a five-day excessive heat watch from Saturday through Wednesday for lower mountain elevations and interior portions of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties. The advisory also warns of elevated fire danger during the heat wave.

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PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey said it’s possible, though unlikely, that a temperature record could be set Saturday in Paso Robles. The previous high for June 17 was 104 degrees set in 1971.

Lindsey said the heat wave could last longer than expected, potentially reaching triple digits in North County for seven to eight days. In San Luis Obispo, temperatures are expected to reach the mid- to upper 80s, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will also be “slightly above average” on Central Coast beaches, Lindsey said, with temperatures predicted to hover in the mid- to low 80s. Overnight temperatures will drop back down to normal range, in the upper 50s.

Simple precautions for high heat include drinking plenty of water; reducing time in the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; having a plan to keep your family and pets cool; checking on elderly friends and neighbors; and never leaving kids or pets in the car, even for a short time.

Correction: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect date for Paso Robles’ June 17 record.

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