It was 105 degrees in Sacramento Sunday. Today it could be 111 degrees. This is what is known as hot summer weather in California. We native Californians also know this is normal.
As a kid, I remember such hot Sacramento summer days, I couldn’t walk barefoot on the sidewalks.
But no one cautioned us to “be safe.” In fact, back when I was a kid, parents told us to put shoes on and to stop being stupid.
This is Sacramento weather in 1972 – notice the 114 degrees on July 14, 1972:
In 1973, the hottest temperature in Sacramento was 107 degrees. By 1975, it was back up to 113 degrees. In fact, between 1972 and 1992, over 20 years, every summer in Sacramento was in the triple digits, and there were four summers hotter than 110 degrees.
In 1996, it was 110 degrees in Sacramento. In 2002, it was 110 degrees. In 2006, it was 111 degrees. In 2017 it was 110 degrees. In 2020 it was 112 degrees in Sacramento. Last summer in Sacramento, temperatures reached 109 degrees. The point is, every summer in the Sacramento region, temperatures are hot – 104 up to 113 degrees. The standard appears to be 104 to 108 degrees – really hot.
Radio and television weather reporters are now medical professionals telling us how to be safe under these “extreme” heat conditions:
- drink fluids
- stay inside
- stay hydrated
- stay in an air-conditioned room
- stay out of the sun
Even my dogs are smart enough to stay out of the sun.
The Sacramento Bee has an article today hyping the heat and fear mongering:
The Bee claims this weather is a “recording-breaking heat wave,” and has “forced many residents indoors this holiday weekend.”
I beg to differ. It’s not record-breaking, and I saw a street fair outdoors yesterday when temps reached 105 degrees.
KCRA has an “Excessive Heat Warning” on their news website, and offers these tips on how to “be safe:”
We are also ironically asked “to conserve power amid brutal heat wave.”
The U.S. National Weather Service in Sacramento also warned of “Dangerous Heat” and tells us to “Practice heat safety!”
Despite headlines claiming “record breaking heat,” when interviewed, weather officials say it “may” be record breaking.
“This heat may be record breaking and will likely produce a very high heat illness risk,” the Los Angeles-area weather office wrote.
The torrid conditions will be caused by high pressure that was already pushing into the state and making it difficult for onshore flow of marine air.
“These trends are forecast to continue and will likely set up (a) prolonged and likely dangerous heat event,” the office said.
One East Bay mom Tweeted an interesting report:
“My family wanted to get outside this morning before it got hot, but the parks were closed due to the forecasted heat wave. This is another soft lockdown. They are forcing us to stay inside, isolated and inactive, for our ‘safety.'”
My family wanted to get outside this morning before it got hot, but the parks were closed due to the forecasted heat wave. This is another soft lockdown. They are forcing us to stay inside, isolated and inactive, for our "safety." https://t.co/S32QGWoqaQ
— Laura Powell (@_Iaura_) September 4, 2022
This heat we are having across the West Coast is hot summer weather – really hot weather. Yes, it can be dangerous for some people outside, but we hope California’s energy providers can keep the power on.
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