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Heatwave in Southern California expected to peak on Wednesday, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees in some places

Heatwave in Southern California expected to peak on Wednesday, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees in some places

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The record-breaking heat wave that has been plaguing the Antelope Valley and other parts of Los Angeles County for days is expected to peak on Wednesday, with temperatures again rising above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lancaster and Palmdale extended their record with six consecutive days above 43 degrees on Tuesday and are expected to extend that record to a seventh day on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Lancaster is expected to reach 44 degrees and Palmdale 43 degrees, the NWS said.

An extreme heat warning is in effect until at least 9 p.m. Saturday in the Antelope Valley, along the Interstate 5 corridor, in the western San Gabriel Mountains and in the Highway 14 corridor.

A similar warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday for the Santa Clarita Valley, the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area, Calabasas and Agoura Hills, Valencia, East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley, as well as several areas of the San Fernando Valley, including Burbank and Topanga.

The heat also creates a potentially high fire hazard, as high temperatures and low humidity pose the risk of rapidly spreading forest fires.

In downtown Los Angeles, temperatures are expected to reach 91 on Wednesday and Thursday before dropping to 88 on Friday and 86 on Saturday.

Scorching temperatures are also expected in the San Gabriel Valley: in Pasadena it will be 96 degrees on Wednesday and 95 degrees on Thursday.

In Orange County, temperatures in Anaheim will reach 91 degrees on Wednesday, 89 on Thursday and 87 on Friday, meteorologists said.

As always, the best temperatures were on the beaches, with temperatures between 25 and 25 degrees expected in most coastal areas.

A slight cooling trend will continue starting Friday as the high pressure system moves east and a weak low pressure system forms along the coast. While temperatures are expected to drop by 2 to 5 degrees across the region, temperatures in the Antelope Valley will remain up to 5 degrees above normal, the NWS said.

Authorities have reminded the public never to leave pets or children in cars on days when it is even slightly warmer than normal, as locked cars can turn into death traps in a matter of seconds.

Cooling centers in LA County

Both the City and County of Los Angeles operate cooling centers for people who need a place to escape the heat. To find a location, visit ready.lacounty.gov/heat/ or call 211.

The City of Los Angeles is operating four “enhanced” cooling centers that will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at least through Thursday. The centers are located at the following locations:

– Fred Roberts Recreation Center, 4700 Honduras St., Los Angeles;

– Mid Valley Senior Center, 8825 Kester Ave., Panorama City;

– Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, 11075 Foothill Blvd.; and

– Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, 4000 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles.

City officials also pointed out that there are climate stations for the homeless in Skid Row that provide cold drinks, shade and seating. The stations are located on Towne Street between Fifth and Sixth streets and on San Pedro Street between Sixth and Seventh streets. Another station will open by July 16 at the corner of Fifth and Maple streets.

Homeless people can also visit the ReFresh Spot, 544 Towne Ave. The facility is open 24 hours a day and offers drinking water, restrooms, showers and laundry facilities.

“While it is critical that we take care of ourselves, it is equally important that we extend a hand to those in need. We must take care of those who are more likely to get sick due to the heat, including the elderly, the sick, pregnant women, children and those living alone,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County Health Officer.

“Hot days are not only uncomfortable – they can be dangerous. However, by taking care to stay hydrated and cool down, we can protect ourselves and our loved ones, friends and neighbors. If you have an elderly or sick family member or neighbor, check in on them regularly to make sure they are OK,” Davis added.

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