Massive Heat Wave to Engulf California

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The setting sun lights up the dry hills surrounding the valley in a soft golden color
Last light in the San Ramon Valley of Northern California (Photo via Getty Images)

It’s hot outside and getting hotter. Excessive heat warnings are in effect this week for Southern and Central California, with temperatures as high as 112 degrees in the San Fernando and San Joaquin Valleys and 115 degrees in the Inland Empire expected by Labor Day. And temperatures in Northern California are expected to be up to 20 degrees warmer than normal through Tuesday. We’ll talk about who’s most at risk, how to stay cool and how California’s state and local officials are thinking about mitigating the effects of heat and record temperatures induced by climate change.


David Lawrence, meteorologist and Emergency Response Specialist, National Weather Service

V. Kelly Turner, co-director, Luskin Center for Innovation; associate professor of Urban Planning and Geography, UCLA

Dr. Gina Solomon, director of the Achieving Resilient Communities project, Public Health Institute; clinical professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, representing California's 56th State Assembly District; lead sponsor, Assembly Bills 2238 and 2243