Forecasters are predicting afternoon highs in Davis of around 100 F or higher starting Friday and continuing through next Wednesday. While it appears unlikely that any new temperature records will be set this week, six consecutive days of temperatures over the century mark nonetheless constitute a heat wave.
Davis residents have several places where they can go to beat the heat. City authorities also will monitor the weather, and will notify the community if a cooling center is opened.
The following public locations offer a place to cool down at no cost:
* Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St.: 1-9 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays;
* Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.: Open to seniors ages 50 and older, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays;
* Davis Community Meals Shelter and Resource Center, 1111 H St.: Open 8 a.m.-noon and sometimes until 4 p.m. Call 530-753-9204.
Two city-operated public swimming pools will be open in Davis, offering plenty of opportunities to stay cool while having fun at the same time. Admission is $4.25 for adults, $4 for children and free for kids under 2:
* Arroyo Pool, 2000 Shasta Drive: 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. Family Fun Nights are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:15-9 p.m. until Aug. 14.
* Manor Pool, 1525 Tulip Lane: 1-5 p.m. Mondays-Sundays. Family Fun Nights are offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:15-9 p.m. until Aug. 13.
There’s also the UC Davis Recreation Pool: 1:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays; noon-7 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Admission is $4.50 general (ages 18 and older) and $4 for youths (ages 3-17).
When temperatures are high, it is wise to take precautions to prevent heat-related illness:
* Ensure that you have ample water on hand. If you plan to be camping or at outdoor events, make an effort to find shade and pack extra water;
* Stay cool indoors in air-conditioned facilities, especially during the hottest part of the day. Residents who do not have adequate air-conditioning should find a friend or relative to stay with during the hottest parts of the day, or another location where air-conditioning is available such as a public building, shopping center, restaurant or movie theater;
* Pace yourself and avoid heavy exertion in the heat;
* Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing, a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen;
* Avoid hot foods and heavy meals;
* If you become light-headed, feel confused or experience any other symptoms of heat exhaustion, get to a cool area until you feel better;
* Never leave a person or animal in a parked car; temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels in minutes;
* Don’t forget pets and livestock, they need extra water and shade; and
* Check on neighbors who may need assistance.
Athletes (and those who watch athletic events) should also consider sensible precautions during a heat wave:
* Stay hydrated. Before starting out on any outdoor activity, have a big glass of your favorite cool drink. Competitive athletes should tank up with two big glasses of fluids at least two hours before an event.
Plain water is best, but fruit juices and Gatorade-type sports drinks are fine, too. Just avoid alcohol and caffeine, which contribute to dehydration. Whenever possible, drink during exercise as well, at a rate of about 5 to 10 ounces every 15 minutes.
For people engaging in prolonged exercise over a period of hours, it’s important to replace salts and add energy with sports drinks rather than plain water.
* Dress for the occasion. Football players with bulky, tight-fitting uniforms will be at higher risk for heat problems than runners in shorts and tank tops. Coaches and athletes need to adjust fluid requirements and resting times with these factors in mind on hot days.
Spectators also can get hot and tired sitting in the bleachers on a hot day. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, loose-clothing made of cottons and other light, breathable fabric is recommended, and applying sunscreen to all exposed areas every few hours will help prevent sun damage to skin.