While many people will head up the Smith River to swim and enjoy some heat, it’s also certain that many will come to the coast to escape it. The National Weather Service is predicting this next week to peak around 110 degrees, and has put out an excessive heat watch for many inland areas.

The watch extends from Saturday morning to Wednesday afternoon and includes areas from Gasquet to Trinity County.

“A long duration period of well above normal temperatures is expected to begin Saturday afternoon and continue into at least the middle of next week. A moderate to locally high heat risk will exist in many areas, which will be compounded by the duration of the event,” according to the NWS. “Afternoon high temperatures will likely reach between 100 and 110 degrees with lows falling into the mid to upper 60s at best during this time frame, particularly along the Trinity River Valley.

“An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures is expected. The hot temperatures will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible” says NWS Eureka. “Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.”

The weather service suggests wearing light, loose fitting clothes and hats and staying out of direct sunlight whenever possible.

Take caution

“When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening,” the weather service watch said. “Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”

Common signs of heat stroke are headaches and dizziness, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat and inability to continue sweating. Should you experience these symptoms, get to a cooler place, rehydrate and take a cool bath or shower.

According to Mayo Clinic, you should call 911 if a person’s condition deteriorates, such as with fainting, confusion, seizures or inability to drink fluids.

For more information about forecasts and warnings, go to https://www.weather.gov/eka/