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Heat expected to worsen

Temperatures forecast to hit highs of 108 degrees over the next three days

Posted: August 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 8, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Timothy Hulin, 14, of Val Verde, cools off on the side of the pool at Val Verde Park on Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures reached a high of 106F in the SCV.

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The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat watch today through Friday as a persistent heat wave continues to grip the Santa Clarita Valley. Highs are forecast to hit 108 degrees all three days.

The weather service warning follows Tuesday’s high temperatures of 106 degrees in the Newhall Pass and 108 in Saugus.

Little relief is forecast at night, with lows in the high 60s to mid-70s, and humidity is expected to add an extra level of discomfort this weekend as moisture moves into the area.

“The possible combination of very hot days along with very warm nights and higher-than-normal humidity can result in oppressive conditions,” the weather service warned in its heat watch.

“Heat stroke or heat exhaustion are possible, especially when engaging in strenuous outdoor activities. This weather could be deadly for unprepared campers or hikers.”

Moisture is due to move into the area from the southeast during the weekend, which National Weather Service Specialist Bonnie Bartling said could bring isolated thundershowers.

Los Angeles County firefighters were not called to respond to any heat-related incidents in the Santa Clarita Valley on Tuesday, one fire official said. Still, he advised residents to avoid exercising outside during the heat of the day.

Southern California Edison officials called on residents to conserve power, setting thermostats at 78 degrees or higher, closing blinds and drapes to keep out the sun, using electric fans instead of air conditioning when possible and turning off unused appliances, equipment and lights.


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