LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11 / CNS) - Temperatures will remain in the 100s in parts of the Southland today. An excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service will be in effect from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. today in the San Fernando, San Gabriel
and Santa Clarita valleys, the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area, and the San Gabriel Mountains.
The NWS forecast a mix of sunny and partly cloudy skies in Los Angeles County today, and highs of 78 in Avalon; 79 at LAX; 83 in Long Beach; 87 in downtown L.A.; 98 in Burbank, San Gabriel and on Mount Wilson; 102 in Pasadena; and 106 in Woodland Hills, Saugus, Palmdale and Lancaster.
Partly cloudy skies were forecast for Orange County, along with highs of 75 in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; 77 in San Clemente; 87 in Irvine and Mission Viejo; 88 in Anaheim; and 90 in Yorba Linda and Fullerton.
Similar temperatures are expected Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a slow cooling trend starting Thursday in some communities, Friday in others.
The Department of Public Health recommends that Southern Californians stay safe during the heat wave by:
- keeping an eye on media reports for the latest weather forecasts and information from local officials;
- learning the warning signs of heat-related illnesses;
- staying out of direct sunlight;
- staying hydrated;
- reducing physical activity;
- identifying a cool location, such as a mall, library, theater or designated cooling center (the Los Angeles Police Department recommends calling 311 within city limits and 211 within county limits to find the nearest cooling station);
- using cool compresses, misting and baths to lower body temperatures;
- wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing;
- wearing sunscreen;
- checking on pets, friends, family and neighbors who may be especially sensitive to excessive heat.
Additionally, the NWS notes that anyone overcome by the high temperatures should call 911 because heat stroke is an emergency.
Here are links to area cooling centers:
- Los Angeles County cooling centers: lacountycoolingcenters.pdf
- Pasadena cooling centers: http://www.cityofpasadena.net
- Glendale cooling centers: http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us
- San Bernardino cooling centers: http://211sb.org/cooling-centers
- Redlands cooling centers: http://www.cityofredlands.org
The agency also reminds residents they should never leave people or pets in enclosed vehicles, even for a few minutes.
Besides not leaving animals in a parked car, city animal services officials say pet owners must make sure their animals are kept cool during the heat wave.
Pet owners should watch for signs of heat stroke, such as fast and noisy breathing, difficulty swallowing and distressed behavior.
If heat stroke is suspected, pet owners should place a cold, wet towel on the back of the animal's head, and towel-wrapped cold compresses on their back legs and belly. The pet should be immediately taken to a veterinarian to be checked.
Other tips include:
- making sure the pet has fresh drinking water served in a large container, instead of a shallow bowl, to allow the water to remain cold longer;
- giving your dog ice cubes to eat or adding them to the water bowl;
- avoid burning dogs' paws by keeping them off hot pavement or concrete during walks, and if necessarily do the walks early or later in the day when it is cooler; and
- taking extra care to provide shade to pets with lighter coats because they are more likely to be sunburned.
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