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UPDATE: Santa Clarita Valley cooling centers open as temperatures soar

Posted: June 29, 2013 12:32 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2013 6:22 p.m.

Seventeen-year-olds Sofia Castro, left, and Kylah Diaz got out of their hot house and created artwork on the hot sidewalk. They mixed up their own paint using water, cornstarch and food dye and used sponges to paint a design on the side walk in front of their home Castaic on Friday. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

 

As forecast highs of 107 degrees were quickly surpassed by actual measurements Saturday, county-sponsored cooling stations flung open their doors at three locations across the Santa Clarita Valley.

Four public buildings in the valley have been commissioned for the rest of the summer to provide a place to cool down to those who need a break from the blistering heat.

Those include the city’s three library branches in Valencia, Newhall and Canyon Country, all of which are open for residents seeking reprieve from the heat.

Librarian DeAnna Watters of the Valencia Library said Saturday that many people take advantage of the cooling service, but are more likely to utilize it later in the summer, but that many do take advantage of it.

“It really depends on when we get into the triple digits,” Watters said.

Cooling centers at the libraries are open until 5 p.m. today. Though hours during the week vary between libraries, all three are open during the early afternoon hours. Full details of when the cooling centers are open can be found at www.santaclaritalibrary.com.

The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center also acts as a cooling center, but only on weekdays until 4:30 p.m.

Even with the cooling centers open, it is necessary to take precautions to avoid overexposure to heat especially since the heat wave hitting the Santa Clarita Valley is expected to continue Sunday and Monday, with forecast highs in the triple digits.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for the Santa Clarita Valley that is in effect until 9 p.m. Monday.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department suggests avoiding direct exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., reducing physical activity, wearing appropriate clothing, using sunscreen, drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding alcohol and making sure to keep pets out of the heat as much as possible.

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