If you reside in Southern California, have you noticed things heating up a bit? The National Weather Service, located in San Diego, recently reported recording the hottest temperatures ever experienced in the desert and mountainous areas of the state, including cities like Big Bear, Palm Springs, and Borrego Springs. Changes in weather patterns are responsible for these above-average temperatures, which the area has experienced since Father’s Day, June 18.
Although each of the areas listed above had varying temperatures, they all share the common thread in that there has never been a hotter temperature for that period. On average, Big Bear recorded temperatures of 67.6 degrees, while Palm Springs averaged a high temperature of 98 degrees. The average high temperature in Borrego Springs was 97. Temperatures in these areas have ran about 20 – 30 degrees hotter than usual. In mid-June, temperatures in some Southern California states climbed to the 120- degree mark, causing heat advisories to be put into effect.
While these above-average temperatures certainly provide adequate time for outdoor adventure and fun, remember that heat can be very dangerous, especially when you’re out in the sun for long periods. Avoid problems by staying in the house during the hottest parts of the day (typically from 2 – 5 p.m. each day) and wear a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher when you are outside. Wearing a hat and sunglasses can also help you minimize the effects of the heat. When temperatures soar, it is your job to go the extra mile for sun and heat protection.