Burnin' Up A Heat Wave, So Find A Cooling Center!

Burnin' Up A Heat Wave, So Find A Cooling Center!

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Los Angeles, CA -

(FOX 11 / CNS) The National Weather Service says this morning that an intense heat wave is about to wash over our region. It'll start in earnest tomorrow, last through the weekend and could extend into next week. An excessive heat warning will be in force from 10 tomorrow morning until 9 Sunday night in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Antelope Valley.

In the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys, the warning will be in effect from 10 Saturday morning until 9 Sunday Night. But forecasters caution that the warning may be extended into next week.

Officials in Los Angeles County announced Wednesday that cooling centers would be opening as the National Weather Service predicted "record-setting" and "life-threatening" temperatures across Southern California.

The excessive heat is expected to last from Friday morning through Monday night with triple-digit temperatures across inland and mountain areas, the Weather Service said. The agency issued excessive heat warnings or watches from San Luis Obispo to San Diego counties.

Temperatures in Antelope Valley could top out at 115 degrees, according to the Weather Service. Highs could reach the 80s along the coast and be near 90 in downtown Los Angeles.

On Wednesday, the temperature hit 100 degrees in Lancaster, 96 in Woodland Hills and 92 in Pomona. Downtown L.A. topped out at 82, according to the Weather Service.

In Los Angeles County, 89 cooling centers were open from Avalon to Lancaster. Click HERE on the following link for an interactive map of the cooling centers.

The Weather Service is urging people to reschedule strenuous activities for the early morning or evening hours and to prepare shady areas for animals and people working outdoors.

Heat may worsen the affects of poor air quality in areas of heavy smog. If you plan to be outdoors, take precautions to protect yourself from the heat.

Remember Los Angeles County has Cooling Centers. Please click here for list of current Cooling Centers and hours of operations or call 211 or visit: http://www.211la.org.

For information on heat illness symptoms, first aid tips, and other heat-related information, please visit: http://lacoa.org/ht_extreme%20heat.htm.

 

(Additional Sources: LA County Sheriffs Department)

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