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Record-breaking temperatures hitting the Southland starting Sunday could be deadly, so the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Thursday issued a heat alert to help residents avoid health problems.

Any significant physical effort for a few hours, including exercise, could result in severe danger, especially for the elderly, according to officials.

The alert will affect on different days the Los Angeles Basin and the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and East San Gabriel valleys, as well as the Antelope Valley and San Gabriel Valley.

“When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe hydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the county’s interim health officer. “Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days.”

People who need a place to escape the heat can go one of the area’s cooling centers, a list of which is available online here.

— Wire reports 

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