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These weather maps show the extent of the heat wave in Northern California

As a severe heat wave hits Northern California and is forecast to last into next week, officials are warning of the danger of extreme heat and reminding citizens to protect themselves from the heat.

With Independence Day on July 4 coinciding with the heat wave, state fire officials also advised people to be extra cautious when setting off fireworks due to the particularly fire-prone weather conditions.

Here are some maps from the National Weather Service to give you an idea of ​​the upcoming weather conditions.

Heat hazard

Officials are warning of dangerously high heat this week and weekend.

The National Weather Service warned of dangerous heat this week and into the weekend.

The National Weather Service warned of dangerous heat this week and into the weekend.

How hot will it be?

Inland Northern California, highs of 44.4 degrees Celsius are expected on Wednesday.

According to a forecast from the National Weather Service, high temperatures in the Sacramento area will reach 44.4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.According to a forecast from the National Weather Service, high temperatures in the Sacramento area will reach 44.4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

According to a forecast from the National Weather Service, high temperatures in the Sacramento area will reach 44.4 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

When does the heat reach its peak?

Although highs of over 38 degrees are expected every day, Wednesday is expected to be the hottest day.

Wednesday is expected to be the hottest day of the heat wave.Wednesday is expected to be the hottest day of the heat wave.

Wednesday is expected to be the hottest day of the heat wave.

Gusty wind

Through Wednesday, the Sacramento Valley will experience wind gusts that, combined with low humidity, will create critical fire conditions.

Gusts of wind and low humidity create critical fire conditions.Gusts of wind and low humidity create critical fire conditions.

Gusts of wind and low humidity create critical fire conditions.

Danger of forest fires

Wildfire warnings are in effect for a large swath of inland Northern California, stretching from Redding to Fairfield.

Due to the fire danger, wildfire warnings are in effect in Northern California.Due to the fire danger, wildfire warnings are in effect in Northern California.

Due to the fire danger, wildfire warnings are in effect in Northern California.

Hot at night

Even at night there will still be very warm temperatures until the end of the week.

Warm overnight temperatures are expected in the Sacramento area through the end of the week.Warm overnight temperatures are expected in the Sacramento area through the end of the week.

Warm overnight temperatures are expected in the Sacramento area through the end of the week.

Some ways for Sacramento residents to practice heat protection include:

  • Do outdoor activities during the coolest times of the day.

  • Look for places with air conditioning, such as cooling centers.

  • Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.

  • Taking care of others, such as family members and friends.