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SCV heat wave to continue

Community: Cooling centers open today as weather service issues warning

Posted: July 16, 2010 9:53 p.m.
Updated: July 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

With Friday’s scattered showers, thunderstorms and humidity near 50 percent in parts of the Santa Clarita Valley, some local residents are wondering if they’re in Florida.

“It’s not supposed to be this humid in July,” said Ashley Winkler, longtime Valencia resident.

Dan Badovinac of Canyon Country agreed. The 58-year-old said he lived in Ecuador for 10 years and this is just like the weather there.

It is so tropical and muggy, he said, that you shower, go outside, and you’re wet again.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning through 9 p.m. today, forecasting  temperatures around 100 degrees all weekend. Forecasters are reminding people to stay indoors and drink plenty of water.

The city of Santa Clarita is offering two “cooling centers” — at the Valencia Library and at the Senior Center.

“When it is extremely hot outside, precautions should be taken, especially by people like the elderly and children who are more sensitive to the heat,” said Mayor Laurene Weste.

Nancy Wardel and her three grandchildren, Justin, Kaelyn and Jenin Brown, don’t intend to leave the house or the pool this weekend.

“I will stay in the house and hope the air doesn’t go out,” said Justin, 12, who was with his family at the Westfield Valencia Town Center on Friday.

The humid weather is not completely abnormal for this time of year, said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the National Weather Service.

“It doesn’t happen every year like this; every July we do not necessarily have to look forward to this type of moisture along with the heat,” he said. “But from time to time, it can happen.”

Badovinac, who was also at the Valencia mall Friday, does not plan to heed the weather service’s warnings. Instead, he is looking forward to going to the beach or hanging by the pool this weekend.

He said he was even out playing golf at Robinson Ranch on Thursday, when it was 108 degrees.

“I like the heat,” he said.

For those who don’t relish the heat, he offered some advice, with a chuckle: “Stay indoors and lock your windows.”

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