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Get ready for a hot time in the SJ Valley

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POSTED July 10, 2012 1:38 a.m.

Cars and truck roar past Domingo Rosales, who sits comfortably in his lawn chair amid the afternoon heat on Monday.

The roadside fruit vendor – he sells strawberries, cherries and plums on South Main Street near East Woodward Avenue – brought his own shade to the still-rural unpaved curbside, hooking up an old patio umbrella that’s seen better days onto the bed of his truck.

“I’m here a long time,” said Rosales, indicating that he’s usually in the same spot nearly every day, from 1 to 6 p.m.

While area temperatures hovered in the mid-90s at the start of the week, according to Accuweather.com, the heat returns with some vengeance for the next five days. The San Joaquin Valley is expected to get scorched by triple-digit degree conditions starting today.

Rosales may not be able to avoid the hottest part of the day (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) but he did wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and cap for protection of the elements.

He also stayed hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Evident of that was the thermos he kept nearby.

Some folks still had fun in the sun.

Larry Haskin, Glenn Shaw and Allen Wall of Escalon, for example, played a round in the middle of the afternoon at the Jack Tone Golf Course.

“We play (golf) here at least a dozen times a year,” said Wall, who appeared satisfied with his game on this day.

He and Haskin pointed to Shaw as perhaps the most consistent of the three.

“I didn’t have my best game today,” Shaw said. “I was the duffer.”

Yet no one blamed the hot weather for their play.

“It really wasn’t that hot out there,” Wall said. “There was a light breeze but we stayed close to the trees (on the golf course) for shade.

“It’s only on this dirt road that it got hot.”

The trio made sure to drink plenty of water during their round. “It’ll make the beer taste better afterward,” said Shaw.

Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided for those thirst-quenching moments, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fluid intake should be increased while playing in the heat.

Finding someplace cool such as an air conditioned building or a swimming pool – in which case sun screen with a protection factor of 30 or higher should properly be applied – was also recommended by health professionals.

Those needing to endure the outdoors during these extreme conditions should be on guard for symptoms of heat-related illnesses. Included are heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash, and heat cramps.

Signs range from dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, rapid breathing and extreme thirst.

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