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Heat alert issued for Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: September 4, 2013 5:08 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2013 5:08 p.m.

With triple-digit temperatures forecast through the weekend, county health officials are warning of the dangers of excessive heat in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a heat alert for the Santa Clarita Valley to be in effect Thursday through Friday, according to officials.

“Everyone should remember to take special care of themselves, children, the elderly and their pets,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, the county director of public health. “Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience; it can be dangerous and even deadly.”

Temperatures are expected to top out at 103 degrees both Thursday and Friday in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the National Weather Service. High temperatures are projected to be at or above 100 degrees through Sunday before tapering off heading into next week.

With such high temperatures, health officials are urging those who work or exercise outside to take precautions to reduce heat exposure.

Those precautions include having a readily available supply of water and paying attention to signs of dehydration such as dizziness, faintness or headaches.

“When temperatures are high, prolonged sun exposure may cause dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” Fielding said. “Deaths can occur in vulnerable populations, particularly very young children and (the) frail elderly.”

To help people beat the heat, the county has set up air conditioned cooling centers where people can get out of the sun for a while.

Cooling centers in the Santa Clarita Valley include the Senior Center and the three branches of the city public library in Canyon Country, Newhall and Valencia.
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