Riverside County officials have issued a heat warning for the following desert cities: Blythe, Cabazon, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, La Quinta, Mesa Verde, North Shore, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Ripley, Thermal and surrounding areas.
The warning goes into effect today with temperatures in the desert areas expected to reach and remain over 97 degrees over the next six days.
Cool centers in the affected areas will be open.
The elderly and families with young children are encouraged to visit a cool center during extended periods of high-heat days.
Cool Centers will provide snacks and water, in addition to activities and resource information.
According to a statement released by the county, people with the following symptoms should try to remain in a cool place and drink water to prevent dehydration:
* Weakness or muscle pains
* Nausea and vomiting
For more information or for a list of cool center locations, call 888-636-8676 or visit www.rivcohealthdata.org.
Speech or hearing impaired individuals may call TTY 951- 955-5126. For a list of summer-weather information and health recommendations, visit www.capriverside.org.
The heat advisories and cool centers are services offered by the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, Riverside County Department of Public Health, Riverside County Fire Department, Community Connect – formerly the Volunteer Center of Riverside County, and the American Red Cross.