With Northern San Joaquin County temperatures expected to soar past 100 degrees this weekend, Stanislaus County health officials are cautioning residents to be prepared.
"People should recognize the symptoms of any heat-related illness and take precautions to stay safe and healthy. Senior citizens are particularly vulnerable," said Dr. John Walker, county public health officer.
"Our hope is to get the word out there now that a good, working home air conditioner for your loved ones could save their lives this summer," he said. "When temperatures reach 100 degrees or more, an electric fan may not be sufficient to cool a person adequately."
Temperatures are expected to climb to the upper 90s by Saturday, and 100 to 105 degrees Sunday and Monday.
For heat-related information, Stanislaus County has resources for the public at www.stanemergency.com.