If your travel plans will take you away from the immediate Central Coast this weekend, even into eastern Lincoln County and the nearby flanks of the Coast Range, you should be aware of the latest weather warning:
The NWS has issued a Heat Advisory for all regional areas except the North and Central Oregon coast. The advisory is in effect from 5:00am Saturday to 2:00pm Tuesday.
* Temperature: high temperatures this weekend will generally be in the mid-80s to mid-90s. Highs climb into the upper-80s to upper-90s early next week. Low temperatures in the upper-50s to near 70F can be expected each night from Saturday through Wednesday.
* Humidity: it will become increasingly more humid over the weekend, making it feel warmer than the actual air temperature.
* Impacts: the hot and relatively humid conditions will be of more concern to the elderly, the infirm and the very young. Be extra cautious when conducting outdoor activities during the afternoon and evening.
* Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.
* To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 911.
* If you come to the Central Coast from outside the area to cool off, remember that the ocean and local rivers are still extremely cold and can quickly cause acute hypothermia and drowning.