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Santa Clarita Valley heat wave on tap

Posted: June 27, 2013 7:42 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2013 7:42 p.m.

Jasmine Ramirez, 12, makes a splash in the pool at Newhall Park on Thursday. Signal photo by Jonathan Pobre

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Santa Clarita Valley residents braced for the first heat wave of the summer Thursday as the mercury rose to triple digits and was expected to continue upward into the weekend.

Los Angeles County officials announced so-called “cooling stations” for residents without air conditioning, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital officials warned residents to be cautious in the heat, and many were drawn to park pools Thursday.

Newhall Pass broke the century mark, reaching 101 degrees by 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, which forecast weekend highs between 105 and 106 degrees.

The weather service also issued an excessive heat warning for the Santa Clarita Valley beginning 10 a.m. Saturday which will remain in effect through Sunday at 9 p.m.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said information about cooling centers, where people can go during the day to stay out of the heat, can be found by calling the L.A. County Information line at 211 from any phone within the county.

Preparing for an influx of heat-related hospitalizations, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital urged the community to stay aware of heat dangers.

“We seem to have an increase in the emergency room during hotter days,” attending emergency physician Darrin Privett said.

“The main concern is the very old and the very young.”

Staying hydrated, drinking fluids with electrolytes is the most important facet of being prepared, Privett said.

“Pay attention to signs of dehydration, which include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst,” said Los Angeles Sheriff Department Capt. Mike Parker in a news release, describing some of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

“If fluids aren’t enough, you can put ice on the groin or armpits,” he said.

“If symptoms persist or worsen, make sure you seek help: call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.”

 

 

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