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Excessive heat warning issued in SCV; more high temperatures forecast through the weekend

Posted: August 9, 2012 10:09 a.m.
Updated: August 9, 2012 10:09 a.m.


The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning starting at 11 a.m. today through 8 p.m. Friday as high pressure continued over the area, driving up both daytime and nighttime temperatures.

Highs are expected to hit 107 today and 108 tomorrow, with lows dipping only to 74 degrees, weather forecasters said.

An excessive heat warning is issued during a prolonged period of high temperatures, and forecasters warn that such conditions create a likelihood for dangerous heat illnesses.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department warned parents to check their parked cars before leaving them to ensure children aren’t left behind in the killing heat.

“The tragedy of heatstroke is 100 percent preventable, yet it continues to strike across the country,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. “Remind parents and caregivers, ‘Where’s baby? Look before you lock.’”

The weeklong heat wave set a record Wednesday in Woodland Hills, where temperatures topped the 1982 record of 106 by reaching 107.

On Monday, the San Fernando Valley hotspot tied its record temperature of 108 degrees that was set in 1997.

Southern California Edison is ramping up the number of crews available to respond to possible power outages and warning that high electricity use — particularly from air conditioners — is straining distribution equipment.

Santa Clarita Valley resident Carrie Hilereth says she was concerned about band students at Saugus High School practicing in the heat on Wednesday. “It breaks my heart,” she said.

But the hot weather didn’t affect some people as much as others.

“I drive a patrol boat up in Castaic Lake, so I’m out in it all day,” said John Ragsdale of Canyon Country, who added that he was exercising on Lake Hughes Road with a partner around 1:45 p.m. with temperatures hovering around 109 degrees. “We don’t recommend people do that, but we’re used to it.”

One Canyon Country woman said she had been staying inside to avoid the heat, but finally had to leave Wednesday afternoon to run some errands.

“I’m out of the house today because I was going stir crazy,” Penny Bender said Wednesday.

Forecast highs for the weekend are 106 on Saturday, 103 on Sunday and 98 on Monday. Lows are expected to hit 74 degrees through Saturday night but drop to 68 on Sunday night.




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