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Highs due to top 100 degrees later this week

Posted: July 21, 2014 6:06 p.m.
Updated: July 21, 2014 6:06 p.m.
 

If you think it’s been hot so far this summer, wait until later this week.

In response to a heat wave that’s expected to drive temperatures to the 100-degree mark — possibly higher — across Los Angeles County’s inland valleys beginning Thursday, Santa Clarita officials were gearing up Monday to activate the city’s “cooling centers” inside city libraries and the Santa Clarita Senior Center.

Temperatures were forecast to remain at or about 100 degrees in the SCV through the weekend, the National Weather Service said.

Residents without air conditioning or who just need some relief can go to the library branches or the center to escape the heat, city spokeswoman Christina McGoldrick said.

Residents can cool off at the downtown Newhall Library, 25400 Main St.; Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road; Valencia Library, 23743 West Valencia Blvd.; and the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center,22900 Market St.

Library branches will be open during usual hours of operation. For library hours, visit santaclaritalibrary.com. For senior center hour, visit santaclaritaseniorcenter.org.

Santa Clarita usually opens library branches and the senior center whenever Los Angeles County officials “activate” cooling centers across the county, McGoldrick said.

As of Monday, county officials had not activated the centers, but Santa Clarita will make library branches and the Senior Center available regardless, she said.

Residents who feel over-heated also are welcome at any city public facility with air conditioning, or they can cool off at the Aquatic Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, McGoldrick said.

A low-pressure system off the Southern California coast kept Santa Clarita Valley highs in the mid-80s on Monday, but that will begin to change when a high-pressure system that was sitting over New Mexico on Monday starts to expand and head west, which is expected to happen Wednesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Suko.

“The worst of the heat starts Thursday,” Suko said. “From Thursday pretty much through early next week, we’ll be seeing temperatures around 100 for the inland valleys.”

To avoid heat stroke, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website recommends drinking more fluids — non-alcoholic only — regardless of your level of physical activity.

Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink, the website says, and avoid sugary drinks, which can actually reduce body fluids.

“Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps,” the website says.
Electric fans are little help when temperatures rise above 90 degrees. Instead, take a cool shower or bath, the CDc recommends.

Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, the website says. The CDC also advises people to check often on young children and seniors, who typically are at greater risk for heat-related illness than others.

 

 

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