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Heat wave to ease

Temperatures to drop to mid-to-low 90s, weather experts say

Posted: July 27, 2009 10:17 p.m.
Updated: July 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Two kids carry their skateboards as they walk on Soledad Canyon Road toward Sierra Highway in 101-degree heat on Monday afternoon.

The heat wave that sent temperatures to 101 in the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday is expected to ease the rest of this week, but daytime temperatures will remain in the 90s, a National Weather Service official said.

"It will gradually cool off as the high pressure system weakens," said Stuart Seto, weather service specialist.

The temperatures may drop to the low- to mid-90s Wednesday and hover there the rest of the week, he said, adding the heat typically reaches its peak between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Though the weather service has issued a heat warning, and winds are expected to reach up to 20 miles per hour this week, Seto said the fire danger won't be especially high because the air remains relatively humid.

Seto and authorities have warned SCV residents not to leave kids or pets in cars, which can heat up like ovens during the day.

"If you get up to 100, in the sun it could be 10 to 15 degrees warmer," he said. "The temperature (in cars) can go up 20 degrees from what the outside temperature is."

Seto also offered a bit of nutritional advice: "Stay (hydrated) and stay away from high-protein meals, because they cause your body to create more heat."

In the Santa Clarita Valley, few pedestrians seemed to be walking around Monday afternoon. People stuck to shady areas at Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Carl Dancy, 40, played with his 3-year-old son in the shadow of a building on the shop-lined promenade. He said the heat has forced him to strategize: When he takes a walk, he plots a course that takes him through the most shade.

And if his son needs some exercise, he goes where there's air conditioning.

"Instead of an outdoor playground, we go inside the mall," he said.

Mike Fraser, 40, of Valencia had much the same idea.

As the afternoon heat began to die down, he and his two sons, 4 and 5, took sips from a carton of cold milk beneath a tree.

"If you can make the trip from the (parking) structure to the movies, you're doing all right," he said.


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