Southland to Sizzle This Weekend

DWP urges residents to conserve energy.

By EGP Staff Report

High temperatures are expected across the Southland over the next several days, prompting calls to reduce energy use and activity that could lead to heat-related illnesses.

The hottest conditions will prevail between today and Sunday, with temperatures up to 10 degrees above normal in inland areas, the National Weather Service monitoring office in Oxnard said in a statement posted on its website.

Temperatures will range from 85 to 95 degrees in coastal and inland areas, with thriple digits highs in the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is urging customers to conserve energy use where possible, especially between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., while not jeopardizing their health and safety.

“During times of extreme heat, we strongly encourage customers to conserve energy wherever possible as long as it does not jeopardize anyone’s own health or safety or the health and safety of their pets,” General Manager Marcie Edwards said.

Extreme heat not only leads to more people operating their air conditioners all at once but also causes other appliances to work harder in order to perform. Reducing energy use can help prevent outages, said the DWP.

The Weather Service said hot conditions can also “result in an increase in heat-related illnesses, especially to the homeless, elderly, infants, outdoor workers, and those participating in outdoor activities.”

Residents are urged to check on elderly family members and neighbors and help them find refuge from the heat if needed. Good places to go include shopping malls, local libraries and senior centers, which are air-conditioned.

County officials urged people to take  advantage of cooling centers to escape the heat. A list of cooling centers is available online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Extra precautions, including drinking plenty of cool water, avoiding over exertion and prolonged periods in the sun, should be taken to prevent dehydration that can lead to heat stroke, which can prove deadly. Alcohol and sugary and caffeinated drinks can speed up dehydration, so they should be avoided, according to county health officials.

If you need to exercise outdoors, it’s best to do it in the early morning or late afternoon, avoiding the hottest temperatures throughout the day,

As always, health and law enforcement officials reminded Southlanders to not leave children or pets unattended in vehicles where the temperatures can quickly rise into the triple digits, posing a higher risk of heat related illness and even death.

“The extended period of hot and dry conditions will also bring elevated fire danger,” but there were no immediate forecasts of Santa Ana winds, added the NWS’ statement.

A 7-day forecast indicated temperature highs would climb from 81 Tuesday to 91 Thursday in downtown L.A. and from 91 today to 102 Thursday in Woodland Hills. The Antelope Valley will be at that level as well even though temperatures there are often higher than in the rest of the region.

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