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Heat wave to persist in SCV

Posted: July 20, 2009 10:57 p.m.
Updated: July 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Jose Flores cuts a variety of fruits Monday afternoon in Newhall. Temperatures reached triple digits Monday.

Santa Clarita Valley residents who are tired of the heat wave won't find much relief this week, weather officials said.

"We've got a strong area of high pressure over the desert southwest, and it is trapping the warm air over the area and causing the prolonged heat wave," National Weather Service meteorologist Jamie Meier said.

The high pressure coupled with moist air moving into the area in the afternoons has kept nighttime temperatures relatively high and sent billowing clouds above the mountains, Meier said.

"This morning Newhall only dropped to 77 degrees," Meier said Monday. "Other mountain areas like Lancaster only got to 80 this morning."

The forecast through Friday calls for daytime high temperatures ranging between 99 and 101.

But some evening relief is expected, with lows dropping to 67 starting tonight and through the rest of the week.

Katie Dulak of Santa Clarita says she beats the heat by staying inside.

"Lately we've been staying indoors and enjoying the AC," she said.

"It's been so hot that not even my kids want to go outside," Kulak said. "You know it's hot when kids don't even want to go outside to play."

Cool, caffeinated beverages were alternative options to staying home. "I'm dealing with this heat with drinking lots of liquid and ice - definitely ice," Jessica Piedra said.

Despite the heat, local fire stations are not on elevated alert, an official said.

"Usually when humidity continues to be below 15 percent, and triple-digit temperatures and strong winds occur, more staffing will be sent out," said Capt. Paul Hartwell of Fire Station 126.

That hadn't happened as of Monday, he said.

Hartwell offered some safety precautions for local residents.

"Watch the elderly and children, reduce outdoor activities, and drink plenty of water," he said.

To ensure a quick response in event of an emergency, he recommended that residents clear brush around their homes, make sure their addresses are visible from the street, and send someone out to the street if paramedics or firefighters are summoned.

That person can wave down emergency response teams and send them to the scene.

Valencia High School student Carlie Gropp offered a solution to the heatwave Monday.

"We definitely need rain," the 14-year-old said. "It is not going to happen, but it would be awesome."


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