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Excessive heat warning in effect Saturday and Sunday

All clubhouses will be open with air conditioning on this weekend

By Sam Richards

Staff writer

 (Friday, July 14, 2023): The National Weather Service has declared an excessive heat warning from 11 a.m. Saturday until 11 p.m. Sunday for most parts of California away from the coast or in the highest parts of the Sierra, and this includes the East Bay.

That warning does not cover today (Friday), although high temperatures in central Contra Costa County, including Rossmoor, are forecast to hit 96 degrees in the afternoon, NWS says.

The forecast high temperature Saturday afternoon is 104 degrees, and 100 degrees on Sunday. High temperatures are anticipated to be back down into the mid-80s by Tuesday.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has also called a Spare the Air Alert covering this area for the weekend.

At least a few planned activities have been canceled or postponed because of the excessive heat warning. Kurt Klose, a representative of the Happy Hackers Club, said his club’s July scramble on the Dollar course and a related social event, set to take place Saturday, have been canceled because of the heat warning.

All Rossmoor public clubhouses will be open this weekend with the air conditioning on, GRF Public Safety Manager Tom Cashion. He also advises Rossmoor residents to adhere to some standard strategies when the heat is on – to limit outside activity to early morning and late-evening hours when possible, and that they drink plenty of fluids during the heat warning, whether they feel thirsty. Residents are also encouraged to check on their neighbors when appropriate.

If someone is having a heat-related emergency, they always should first call 911, then call Securitas at 1-925-939-0693. Securitas will dispatch an emergency medical technician (EMT) to the scene.

As of Friday morning, plans are for the Tice Creek swimming pools to be open over the weekend. But Cashion warns that temperatures on the covered pool deck can be 10 degrees warmer than the outdoor air temperature and that heat-related illnesses can come on suddenly and without warning. He also said that if temperatures get too high, pool closures could happen, for the safety of both residents and pool employees.