No temperature records, but it’s hot |

No temperature records, but it’s hot

Jeff Munson

As the rest of the state and nation swelters under record-breaking heat, Lake Tahoe’s South Shore has remained relatively cool if you consider what’s been cooking in the books.

Since record-keeping began at the Lake Tahoe Airport in 1968, the South Shore has seen relatively few records being broken, said Jim Wallmann, forecaster for the National Weather Service.

Last weekend may have sizzled in Reno and Carson City, but records were not broken there either, sans an overnight low temperature in Reno of 77 degrees on Saturday, the warmest summertime low on record for that city.

On Saturday the high in South Lake Tahoe was 89 degrees, while the record high for that day was 99 degrees set in 1988. Sunday saw a high of 87 degrees, but the record-high was 91 degrees. Monday’s high temperature missed tying the record high by 3 degrees, with daytime temperatures reaching 88 degrees.

Tuesday’s high wasn’t expected to break the record of 92, which was set in 1983.

There is something to be said, however, about the heat wave and its effects on Tahoe. The nights have been much warmer than usual, though records haven’t been, Wallmann said. The average night time low temperatures for South Lake Tahoe are in the mid to upper 40s. On Friday and Saturday the lows were 59 degrees, while on Monday night the low was 51, Wallmann said.

The forecast for the remainder of the week calls for relatively cooler weather, with daytime highs in the low 80s through the weekend.

The El Dorado County Public Health Department is issuing a health advisory to all county residents asking them to take measures to protect themselves during the unusually high temperatures.

“When temperatures get much higher than normal, it is important to remember to drink plenty of extra water, limit physical exertion, and stay in shaded or cool indoor areas as much as possible,” said County Health Officer Dr. Jason Eberhart-Phillips. “If you have loved ones who are at high-risk for heat-related illness such as small children, seniors or people who are ill, please be sure to monitor them frequently at this time. Look out for your neighbors who may be alone to see if they need assistance, and don’t forget about your pets who need extra water and shade.”

According to Eberhart-Phillips, heat waves can be especially dangerous for seniors, infants and other vulnerable people.

While South Lake Tahoe does not have triple-digit temperatures the Western Slope is experiencing, common sense measures can be taken to keep residents well hydrated and cool when the summer temperatures are peaking.

“Don’t over-exert yourself and take it easy,” advised Eberhart-Phillips.

Cooling off

— Drink plenty of water and fluids that replace salts and minerals lost through sweating (such as low-sugar sports drinks).

— Pace yourself and avoid heavy exertion in the heat.

— Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing.

— Avoid hot foods and heavy meals.

— Never leave a person or animal in a parked car. Temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels in minutes.

— If you become lightheaded, feel confused or experience any other symptoms of heat exhaustion, get to a cool area until you feel better.

– El Dorado County Health Department

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