Official VOAD for Santa Clara County

Excessive Heat ADVISORY July 8-11

Posted On: July 8, 2024

Winter, ceiling fan turns clockwise to push warm air down. Summer, ceiling fan turns counter-clockwise to cool the room.National Weather Service – Heat Advisory

Red Flag Warning lifted (for now)

Cooler today (80s), the hottest days will be Wednesday/Thursday (90-105).  Cooling for the weekend (80s).


Fewer outages expected today

South County outages – Morgan Hill area and high fire threat district

Fire risks are high due to dry conditions.

Heat-related deaths since Friday

75 male in his residence 95070

69 male in his residence 95116

76 male in his residence 95123

76 male in his residence 95020

61 male in a vehicle 95131 – Unhoused

81 male unresponsive in backyard 95127

44 male in his residence 95112

56 male unresponsive in parking lot 95110

32 male in his residence 95126



Share Cooling Center info broadly.  VTA Free Rides to Cooling Centers. Free Lyft rides through 211. 211 has a partnership with Lyft that can cover up to 4 round trip rides per 211 caller per month. The rides have to be for things like medical appointments, to go to a food pantry or cooling center etc… 211 schedules the ride at no cost to the caller.

Ask people to check on neighbors. Understand signs and symptoms of heat stress and heat stroke.  Alcohol intake and drug use is a huge risk.

Open windows the doors when it’s cooler outside (early morning/evening).  Put fans in windows/doors to pull in cool air.  As soon as it’s warm, shut windows, blinds, curtains and doors.  

Use wet cloths/sponge baths/showers with fans to create evaporation.  Drink cool water! Limit physical activity.

* IMPACTS…Most individuals will be at risk for heat-related illnesses without effective cooling or adequate hydration, especially with prolonged outdoor exposure. Without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration, heat-related illnesses including heat stroke will be a risk to everyone. Overnight lows will warm as well leading to poor relief from the heat specifically in elevated terrain and interior areas.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… Drink plenty of fluids, stay cool, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Beat the heat and check the backseat! Do not leave young children and pets in unattended vehicles. Car interiors will reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes. Take extra precautions when outside. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing. Try to limit strenuous activities to the early morning or evening. Take action when you see symptoms of heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.