High Heat = High Danger

There’s no doubt about it. It’s hot. Temperatures are running five to ten degrees above normal this week and that means the mercury could soar upward of 95 degrees in the inland areas.

It’s more than uncomfortable, it’s dangerous. While you may know how to take care of yourself, be sure to protect any seniors and children in your family, and your pets.  

Never ever leave anyone or animal in the car if temperatures hover near the 85-degree mark. On an 85-degree day, a car can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes and soar upward –even with the windows down an inch or two. In recent days, Animal Services has been responding to dozens of calls about pets being left in cars. Officers must break windows to rescue the animals before they die from the heat.

Revisit these tips on how to stay cool in high heat wave and how to recognize signs of heat illness. Also, check the hot weather hazards for dogs so they don’t suffer from the high temperatures.

Finally, there are more than 100 cool zones to choose from to get out of the heat. For locations and more information, visit



Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact