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Early July Heat Wave

Heat pounded the Sacramento Valley for the last few days of June, into July.

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Being out in the heat can be downright dangerous, both for people who have to work in it and for people who have no way to get out of the heat.

Francisco Lopez was face down in the dirt when he got two water bottles from Jesus Soto – a good Samaritan who saw him a few minutes earlier from his auto shop Tuesday afternoon.

“He walked like a half block and fell down and got up and fell down a couple times, so that’s why I decided to go over there and give him some water,” Soto told FOX40.

Firefighters used a garden hose to help Francisco Lopez cool down and they gave him some lifesaving advice.

“We know you’re homeless, but listen. You gotta cut down on the alcohol. It’ll kill you in this heat, O.K.? Just lots of water and Gatorade,” Michelle Brown, of the Sacramento Fire Department, told Lopez as he cooled off.

Lots of water is also important to people who have to work out in the heat.

As a letter carrier, Eric Jones walks miles in the heat every day.

It’s his feet that feel the biggest difference between the mid-90’s and temperatures over 105, but even hotter than the walking is the driving.

In these mail trucks, the only air conditioning is the tiny fan on the dash.

Sacramento Police officers, on the other hand, have a new way to keep cool.

Just in time for this heat wave, patrol officers have received special devices that blow their car’s air conditioning down into their bullet-proof vests.

“The vests really keep the heat in our body. That’s the hardest part, trying to cool off after being outside in the heat. You can stick it between your vest and your skin, and it really helps you cool off a whole lot faster,” Sacramento Police Sergeant Steve Olivera said.

Meanwhile, heat waves like this are particularly dangerous for elderly people on fixed incomes.

“They can’t afford to keep the air conditioning running nonstop, so they have fans and their bodies can’t compensate in this kind of heat,” Brown said. “So without using air they’re having all kinds of complications, and some aren’t going to recover is the sad thing.”


Triple digit temperatures didn’t stop kids across the Sacramento Valley from playing organized sports outside Monday.

In Elk Grove, 102 out of the 108 children who signed up for the FC Soccer Camp showed up to play and practice.

heat soccer players“We have added twice the amount of breaks,” Camp Director Cesar Plasencia said. The players took water breaks every 20 minutes, instead of 40.

“That’s a good idea. Kids should be drinking a liter an hour out there” says Doctor Richard Gould, a Sacramento pediatrician. “The problem is a lot of Sacramento kids aren’t used to this heat since it was in the 70’s last week.”

If a child is feeling overheated, Gould tells FOX40 that heat exposure should be treated with cooling the child down with water, air conditioning and even a cool bath.

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Libraries, Salvation Army Serve as Cooling Centers in Roseville

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Roseville’s Downtown Library
Courtesy: City of Roseville


Multiple locations in Roseville will be open and serving as cooling centers this week; including three libraries and the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army of Roseville will be open until 6 p.m. Monday, providing snacks and bottles of water for those who need help.

Also, the city is extending the hours of their libraries to provide a cool place for residents. The downtown location on Taylor Street will be open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 7 p.m. on Friday.

The Maidu Library and Martha Riley Community Library will be open until 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and closed on Thursday for the July 4 holiday.


Triple digit temperatures are here and don’t look to be going anywhere soon. Now, the heat wave is beginning to take its toll.

“Temperatures are skyrocketing and we know in this heatwave intensifying we could get close to beating the all time record high for Northern California,” said Stephanie McCorkle.

That could cause some problems, so California Independent System Operator officials have issued a Flex Alert for Northern California.

“Monday and Tuesday are the big days that we need them to conserve, and that is noon to 7,” said McCorkle.

What they are asking you to do is to set your thermostat to 78 when your home, and higher when your not. They also want you to procrastinate on your chores.

“So just put off doing your chores until after dinner time. Don’t run the dishwasher, don’t do the laundry, don’t run the vacuum cleaner,” said McCorkle.

They also ask you to unplug appliances you are not using and to flip off lights when you leave the room. These are requests not demands, but if we don’t comply there could be problems.

“You will start seeing wear and tear on the power plant. Also in local distribution, you will see the transformers pop. Just because in the intensity of this heat wave that is on the power grid,” said McCorkle.


So far only a few cooling centers are open across the state, but FOX40 News found out that people are already finding places to stay cool.

We found a lot of people hanging out at Arden Fair Mall.

”Yeah, it’s very hot outside and I really want to do something fun to but I don’t really want to walk outside very long because it’s too hot,” said Emi Kuwabara.

Her big brother decided to keep his litter sister cool at the mall by taking in a movie.

“Yeah seeing a movie is definitely the way to go in this heat,” said Dee Kuwabara.

The mall, libraries and theaters are getting more foot traffic thanks to the heat wave. One man who works at Arden Mall says it has been a while since he has seen the mall this busy.

“Now that it’s hot a lot more people come into the mall kind of relax inside, get something to eat and try to cool off a little bit,” said Tyler Adams.

Dorothy Fry decided to go to the movies also, but only after she tried to stay cool at home by using her pool.

“We have a pool so that makes it a lot easier, but our pool stays at 86 degrees, though. It’s sort of like taking a bath,” said Fry.

That is why people like Fry and the Kuwabara’s are hanging out at the mall.

”It’s definitely cooler inside and the last day few days it’s been 75 to 76 degrees,” said Adams.


With temperatures reaching past 105 degrees, the California Independent System Operator Corporation has issued a “Flex Alert” for Northern California.

What this means is that residents are encouraged to reduce their energy usage during peak hours in the late afternoon. Cal-ISO asks residents to turn off unneeded lights, avoid using appliances until after 6 p.m., adjusting the A/C to be 78 degrees or higher, and pulling drapes and turning on fans instead of the A/C.

Cal-ISO also notes that saving water will save energy.

The alert is in effect for Monday and Tuesday. Power demand during those peak hours is expected to be over 47,000 MW over those two days, according to Cal-ISO.

No flex alert has been issued for July 3.

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Five cooling centers throughout the Sacramento area will be opening starting Sunday.

Officials say that the extended head of over 110 degrees is what’s prompting the openings.

The centers are as follows:

Clunie Center, 601 Alhambra Blvd
Open Sunday through Thursday, 2 – 8 p.m.

Mims / Hagginwood Community Center, 3271 Marysville Blvd
Open Sunday through Thursday, 2 – 9 p.m.

Pannell/Meadowview Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Rd
Open Sunday through Thursday, 2 – 9 p.m.

Boys and Girls Club, 1117 G Street
Open Sunday Only, 2 – 9 p.m.

Fruitridge Community Center, 4000 Fruitridge Rd
Open Monday through Thursday (County), 2 – 9 p.m.

All of the centers will be air conditioned.

If anyone you see is exhibiting the symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, officials ask you to immediately call 911.


Excessive Heat All Week

Dennis Shanahan’s Saturday night forecast for Northern California.


It’s hot, and for many there was not a better place to be than swimming the cool water of the American River.

“When you have your toes in the water of the American river it makes the 100 degree temperature feel like nothing,” one reveler said.

But a relaxing fun day in the sun can turn into a scary situation fast.

Four teenage boys were swimming in the river when the current sucked them from the shore to the middle Saturday afternoon.

Unable to swim, they began bobbing up and down – screaming for help. Nearby rafters were close enough to grab two of the boys. The other two were drifting farther and farther away.

Scared for the teen’s safety, rafters began peeling off their lifejackets and throwing them to the boys.

Luckily, in this situation, there was help. But more experienced rafters say that this is not always the case.

“I am an experienced kayaker and I wear a life jacket when I am on the river… It’s extremely important. I have a little dog and she wears her life jacket,” said Pam lake.

The reason is, when you go over the bigger rapids, you could fall out of your boat and get sucked under the water. Your foot could get stuck between a rock, and countless things could happen.

As authorities always warn, you should always wear a lifejacket when on or near the river.