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Heat swells medical calls

Posted: July 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 1, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Vivi Isham, 9, left, and Nylah Ramos, 12, cool off in the sprinklers at Central Park in Saugus as temperatures approach 108 degrees on Saturday afternoon. Recorded temperatures reached 102 degrees in the Santa Clarita Valley Sunday.

 

Heat-related medical calls kept County paramedics busy Sunday, a spokesman said.

Excessively high temperatures kept Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics busy all day, responding to medical calls for heat-related problems such as heat exhaustion and heat exposure, said Supervisor Art Marrujo.

“We’ve been going all day on heat-related calls all over the county,’ he said.

“We had hikers running out of water, one in the Mount Lowe Railway in the San Gabriel Mountains and (for hikers) in Eaton Canyon near Pasadena,” he said.

“We found them.”

After three days of triple-digit temps, Santa Clarita Valley will spend the rest of the week cooling off — one Fahrenheit degree at a time, a weather specialist said.

Recorded temperatures reached 102 degrees in the Santa Clarita Valley Sunday, capping three straight days of triple digit temperature.

An excessive heat warning issued Friday is expected to close at 3 a.m. Monday, said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

“The heat wave is pretty much peaking right now,” Bartling told The Signal Sunday at 3 p.m.

“What we had was a huge pressure ridge that warmed up the air mass quite a bit.

Temperatures reached 106 degrees at one of the weather monitoring sub-stations in the Santa Clarita Valley, she said. Saugus recorded temperatures of 100 degrees Sunday.

“Right now we’re seeing some influence of a marine layer cooling things off,” Bartling said.

Temperatures are expected to dip to double digits Tuesday with a high of 97 degrees forecast.
“There will be even more cooling towards the weekend,” she said.

 

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