No Let Up to Scorching Heat

By City News Service

The Southland will bake again today as the region’s heat wave intensifies and temperatures reach or surpass the century mark over a wide area.

The valleys and mountain areas at low elevations again will be Southern California’s hottest spots, but metropolitan Los Angeles will not be spared. Highs in downtown L.A. today are expected to reach 99 degrees Fahrenheit.

The waters off Southern California beaches are beautiful, but even they couldn’t escape the intense heat that resulted in weather experts issuing several days of extreme heat warnings in the Southland. Some area’s recorded 85 degrees by 9 a.m.; Temperatures recorded in Eagle Rock reached 100 degrees by 2 p.m. Many people sought refuge from the heat at area beaches, which hit 85 degrees during the day, but cooled off to 65 at night.  (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

The waters off Southern California beaches are beautiful, but even they couldn’t escape the intense heat that resulted in weather experts issuing several days of extreme heat warnings in the Southland. Some area’s recorded 85 degrees by 9 a.m.; Temperatures recorded in Eagle Rock reached 100 degrees by 2 p.m. Many people sought refuge from the heat at area beaches, which hit 85 degrees during the day, but cooled off to 65 at night. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

“Maximum temperatures will reach dangerous levels across much of Southern California this week,” according to a National Weather Service statement. An excessive heat warning was issued for the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains in both Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys. It will be in force until 8 p.m. today.

High temperatures are expected to peak today, with a slight cool down over the weekend, although temperatures will remain above normal, forecasters said.

Forecasters said those at greatest risk of suffering heat-related ailments were infants, the elderly, the homeless, outdoor workers, people taking part in outdoor activities in the heat, and pets without access to shade.

They urged residents to drink plenty of water; wear light-colored and lightweight clothing; stay out of the midday sun; check on neighbors and the elderly to make sure they are not being overwhelmed by the heat; and never, ever leave children, the elderly, or pets in a vehicle parked in hot weather.

The city and County of Los Angeles have both extended hours of operation at public cooling centers, which include local recreation centers and public libraries. City facilities can be found by calling 311; for county locations, dial 211.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials again urged customers to conserve energy, as the unrelenting heat wave drives up the energy demand in Los Angeles, pushing usage closer to an all-time high.

LADWP officials asked the public to scale back on energy use to relieve the strain on the power grid. Energy demand is anticipated to again surpass Tuesday’s peak of 5,926 megawatts – with usage today projected at around 6,200 megawatts.

That would be just under the all-time peak of 6,396 megawatts set last September. The average daily energy use during the summer is 4,700 megawatts, usually rising in late August and September.

LADWP officials said customers should try to “stay comfortable’’ in the heat, while also taking steps such as holding back on using too much energy between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., when use is traditionally the highest.

Customers were urged to conserve by taking steps such as:

– setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher;

– limiting the use of major appliances during peak hours;

– closing drapes and blinds to reduce heat;

– turning off lights and other equipment when not in use; and

– unplugging items like cell phone chargers, DVD players and microwave ovens that can use energy even when turned off.

 

Customers are also asked to report any power loss to the LADWP by calling (800) 342-5397.

 
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