An extreme heat warning has been extended through Friday for the western San Fernando Valley, where temperatures were expected to climb above 100 degrees.
The Los Angeles County Health Department also extended a heat alert through Friday for the eastern San Fernando Valley and the Antelope and San Gabriel valleys, and through Saturday for the Santa Clarita Valley.
Officials urged the public to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with a chronic medical condition who are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat. The department offered the following recommendations:
— Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
— If you must go out, plan your day to avoid going out during the hottest hours, and wear sunscreen, lightweight, light-colored clothes, and bring a hat or umbrella with you.
— Avoid strenuous workouts wearing face coverings or masks not intended for athletic purposes; this means avoiding contact with others while you work out.
— Never leave children or pets in cars and call 911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone.
— Visit your power company’s website or contact them by phone to determine if you are scheduled for a rolling power outage.
“While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out and check on others, in particular those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of high temperatures, including children, the elderly, and their pets,” said Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County health officer.
Los Angeles County opened several cooling centers for those without access to air conditioning. Their locations can be found at ready.lacounty.gov/heat/.
Temperatures in the high 90s and triple digits were forecast for some areas on Thursday and Friday, before the weather cools down by about 5-7 degrees over the weekend. Further slight cooling is forecast for early next week, according to the National Weather Service.