October heat wave prevails bringing summer-like temps to SoCal

A heat advisory will be in effect in much of the Southland Tuesday as forecasters warned the region's latest heat wave poses a threat to human health.

The advisory will be in effect from 11 a.m. today until 5 p.m. Friday along the L.A. County coast, in Malibu, Santa Monica and other beach cities, in metropolitan Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills, the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains, the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys, and inland Orange County.

"Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses to occur," warned an NWS statement. "Those without air conditioning will be especially vulnerable during this extended heat wave. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors."

Residents are advised to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors, according to the NWS. The agency also stresses that children, senior and pets must never be left in a vehicle parked in hot weather, even with windows open, as interior temperatures can rapidly turn lethal.

Health officials encouraged people to follow the following safety tips:

• Drink water to keep hydrated;
• If you must go out, avoid going out during the hottest hours;
• Wear sunscreen;
• Use a hat or umbrella;
• Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes;
• Never leave children or pets in cars;
• Call 911 for symptoms of heat stroke;
• Check on those at risk, such as those who live alone;
• Avoid strenuous workouts wearing masks not intended for athletic
purposes; and check with your provider to determine if you are scheduled for a rolling power outage.

Cooling centers, which require social distancing and mask wearing practices to protect people from the pandemic, will be open to provide the public relief from the heat. To find a location near you, visit https://ready.lacounty.gov/heat/ or call 211.

The National Weather Service's heat advisory is in effect from 11 a.m. Tuesday until 5 p.m. Friday for Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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