Fishing at Ellis Lake

Jayden Noyan, 7, center, and his cousin, Maggie Penning, 11, both of Yuba City, fish in the shade at Ellis Lake on Wednesday in Marysville.

Temperatures over the Independence Day weekend shouldn't break last year's Yuba-Sutter record 111 degrees on July 4, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Holly Osborne,

But that doesn't mean it won't be hot.

High temperatures are forecast at 98 degrees on Friday and Saturday and about 102 on Sunday, with lows expected in the upper 50s to low 60s all three mornings.

A high of 105 degrees is forecast Monday.

The area's normal temperature on July 4 is 94 degrees, Osborne said Wednesday, recorded at the Yuba County Airport.

While enjoying the three-day Fourth of July weekend, people are advised to take care of themselves and watch out for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

The Fourth of July is "a great holiday," said Lou Anne Cummings, Sutter County Health officer, "but while we are celebrating, look out for each other and stay cool."

"The amount of water you drink can't be stressed enough," said Russ Brown, Yuba County Health and Human Services spokesman. "Drink more water than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty." Alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks can interfere with a body and make a person dehydrated, both added.

People should also take the time to cool down for a few hours every day — visit places with air conditioning such as the mall and local stores, the movie theater or a friend's home.

"Take a cool shower — not cold — go swimming," Cummings said. "Being able to cool off really helps the body cope with a heat wave."

Tips to prevent summer heat injuries also include wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose long-sleeve shirts and sunscreen — SPF 15 or higher, Cummings said, and follow instructions.

Do not leave children, the elderly or pets in a vehicle.

The temperature in a vehicle can reach 140 degrees very, very rapidly, Cummings said.

Keep track of people who can't take care of themselves, from the very old to the very young, Brown said. Check that they are not in a situation, including in a residence, where they could get too hot.

Look for shade.

Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. A person can recover much more easily from heat exhaustion, a sign he or she may be doing too much or getting too much heat exposure, Brown said.

But if there are signs of heat stroke, such as clammy skin, nausea, dizziness, a racing pulse or high body temperature, it is time to get medical assistance.

Local waterways, rivers and parks with water features are great places to cool down, Brown said. "Just be careful."

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