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SCV bakes in heat wave

• More triple digits today

Posted: June 20, 2008 2:46 a.m.
Updated: August 21, 2008 5:03 a.m.

When he said the Santa Clarita high Thursday was 108 degrees, Stuart Seto with the National Weather Service was quick to point out that temperatures are recorded in the shade.

Shade or not, it's hot, and summer doesn't even officially begin until 4:59 p.m. today.

Weather Specialist Seto forecast a high of 109 today and 108 Saturday, with overnight lows in the mid 70s, and daytime highs dropping to 99 on Sunday and 91 by

The Weather Service has an excessive heat warning in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday.

With low relative humidity, Seto said people need to make sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

Low humidity means moisture evaporates from the body more quickly, he said.

He also suggested trying to stay indoors in cool places during the hottest parts of the day.

As infernal as it might have felt Thursday, Seto said "we didn't break any records today."

Hot, dry weather has also prompted the Weather Service to issue a red flag warning, effective through 8 p.m. Saturday.

"If you see smoke, call 911," said Paul Hartwell, a local spokesman for the county Fire Department.

When it comes to the heat, he said: "Whatever you do, do it early in the morning."


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