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But it's a dry heat, right?

• Official high wasn't broken, but who could tell, really?

Posted: June 21, 2008 1:53 a.m.
Updated: August 22, 2008 5:04 a.m.

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Santa Clarita didn't hit the National Weather Service's forecast high of 109 Friday - their official recorded high was only 105 - but summer made a bold entrance nonetheless.

Shortly after noon, some 2,200 homes in Saugus lost power after an equipment failure at a Southern California Edison substation near Haskell Canyon and Copper Hill roads.

By 5 p.m. officials said power had been restored to 1,200 homes, and the cause of the outage was being investigated.

The Weather Service forecast a high of 109 today, said senior forecaster Todd Hall, adding that the high temperature will continue on Sunday, dropping down to the mid 90s by Monday, and likely into the high 80s to low 90s by midweek.

He recommended staying indoors where it's cool, and limiting outdoor activities like exercise to the early morning hours.

The office of county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced Friday that the main hall at William S. Hart Park has been set up as a cooling station, seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is located at 24151 Newhall Avenue, at the intersection of Railroad Avenue.

The county Department of Public Health has recommended the following ways to help deal with the heat:

• Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.

• Drink water often and avoid alcohol.

• Never leave children, elderly people or pets alone in a parked vehicle.

• Stay in air-conditioned areas during peak heat hours.

• Avoid unnecessary sun exposure, and when in the sun wear a hat, preferably one with a wide brim.

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