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Hot Spell To Continue in Southland

The Southland will continue to bake today, with temperatures by Friday expected to be up to 20 degrees higher than normal — the result of high pressure building over the region, National Weather Service forecasters said.

“Persons planning to be outdoors this week should practice heat safety tips,” urged an NWS advisory. “Keep your body hydrated with plenty of water and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day.”

People without air conditioning should consider visiting one of the area’s designated cooling stations, or heading to a mall for relief from the heat.

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to the heat and can quickly become dehydrated and succumb to heat stroke, so families and neighbors are encouraged to look in on them to make sure they are okay.

“Daytime temperatures will rise 10 to nearly 20 degrees above seasonal normal in some locations by Friday,” according to the advisory. “The hottest locations will be in the western San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and the Ventura County valleys…”

From the Central Coast to the Southland, temperatures will reach the century mark — including in the Antelope Valley — and feel even more oppressive because of the humidity, and an extreme heat watch may be issued later this week, according to the NWS.

Officials are also once again warning people that it is dangerous to leave a child or a pet unattended in a vehicle, where temperatures can rise quickly, putting them at risk of death.