For much of California, the arrival of September has brought extreme, boiling temperatures.
Sunday was the hottest day in Los Angeles in nearly 11 months, according to AccuWeather. Temperatures in the Inland Empire and the Sacramento region soared to triple digits over the long weekend. And dangerous heat waves are projected for large parts of the state in the coming days, weather officials warn.
Throughout California, September is usually warmer than we’d like. It is usually the hottest time of year in the Bay Area and when temperature records are most likely to be broken in Southern California.
So, given what’s likely to come, today I’m sharing some tips on how to deal with extreme heat: Earlier this summer, my colleague Jill Cowan put together this guide to staying cool and safe when the temperature rises. The federal government has more advice for you here.
Plus, I spoke to some animal experts about how to care for your pets when it’s really hot. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimated in 2016 that 57 percent of California households own a pet, although I suspect that number has risen since so many people (like myself) adopted pets during the pandemic.
Gagandeep Kaur, a professor of veterinary medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, told me that pet owners should help their animals avoid heat stroke, a potentially fatal condition in which body temperatures rise above a healthy range. While humans can also get heat stroke, animals are more susceptible because it is more difficult for them to cool down.
“Local emergency room, they’ve seen hundreds of cases this summer,” Kaur told me. “It’s not something that’s rare.”
But it is preventable. Here’s what you need to know:
Be aware of risk factors. Dogs and cats are generally comfortable at the same temperatures as humans. But your pets are at greater risk of heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, or have lung or heart disease.
Short-snouted dogs, such as bulldogs, pugs, and Shih Tzus, are especially vulnerable because they often have breathing problems.
Provide water and shade. All the time.
Dogs are more at risk than cats: Cats are usually better at keeping cool by limiting their movement when it’s hot, said Steve Epstein, the chief of emergency services at the University of California, Davis’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
At Epstein’s Davis house, the air conditioning doesn’t come on until around 85 degrees, but he’s not worried about his cat getting sick, he told me.
However, dogs may chase a squirrel or want to go for a walk, even if it’s unsafe for them. Epstein said he recently treated a dog with heat stroke who was running around a backyard when it was 90 degrees.
If you read one story, make it this
Here’s a shocking statistic: Amazon nearly doubled its annual profit to $21 billion last year and is on track to far surpass that total this year. The company is undoubtedly one of the biggest economic winners of the pandemic.
But Amazon is becoming increasingly critical of its treatment of employees.
A bill passed by the California legislature would limit production quotas in warehouses that critics say are excessive and force workers to forgo bathroom breaks. The legislation is part of a growing investigation into the company’s treatment of employees.
The Assembly passed the bill in May and the state Senate is expected to vote on it this week.
Read more from my colleague Noam Scheiber.
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Where we are traveling
Today’s travel tip comes from Arin Kramer, who recommends an adventure in Marin County:
The perfect day: Take the family on the paved, shaded Cross Marin Trail through the redwoods of Samuel P. Taylor State Park, along Lagunitas Creek. On a hot day you can cycle all the way to the Inkwells swimming hole. Afterwards, stop at the Marin Community Farms Stand.
Your recall questions answered
When are the recall elections?
The recall elections are officially scheduled for September 14. But because it’s happening under an extension of the pandemic rules created during the 2020 presidential election, that’s actually more of a deadline than election day in a more traditional sense.
Ballot papers returned by post must be postmarked by September 14. (You don’t need to add a stamp; you must have a return envelope.) Voters can also return their ballots to a secure drop box before September 14 at 8 p.m. (Find your nearest one here.)
Finally, voters can vote in person – and early voting is possible in many places. (You can find early voting locations here.)
Read answers to more of your frequently asked questions about the California recall.
Tell us anything else you want to know about the recall. Email your questions to [email protected]
And before you go, good news
An Oakland brewery now displays the irresistible faces of cats and dogs on its IPAs.
Ale Industries is working with the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to put pictures of adoptable fur babies on beer cans to encourage people to take the pets home, SFist reports.
Thank you for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. — Soumya
PS Here’s today’s mini crossword and an idea: Chloe who directed “Nomadland” (4 letters).
Miles McKinley and Briana Scalia contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at [email protected].
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