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Day 2 of sweltering SoCal heat wave

July 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Keeping your cool will not be an easy task Wednesday as the heat wave gripping Southern California moves into day two.It was a scorcher in the Antelope Valley Tuesday. Lancaster broke a record of 107 degrees set back in 1985. Palmdale reached 110 degrees, breaking the old record of 108 degrees. Antelope Valley residents said they are used to extreme heat, but not this heat.

Even as early as 9 a.m., it was already nearly 100 degrees in the Antelope Valley.

"Last night, I got up at 11 o'clock, and it was like I left the oven on outside," said Palmdale resident Linda Ruiz.

"This heat is terrible man, it's really ridiculous 'cuz I have to stay outside and keep cool," said another resident Promise Hale.

Sweltering temperatures across Southern California have authorities urging residents to conserve.

Cal ISO said it does not expect power outages, but residents are advised to cut back on power use in the late afternoon.

If you have pets, they'll depend on you to keep them safe during the heat wave. Some simple tips to keep pets healthy are to provide plenty of clean, cool drinking water, provide shade and ventilation, avoid hot surfaces, which can burn paw pads, and apply sunscreen to vulnerable areas like ears and noses.

If a pet becomes overheated, submerge it slowly in cool water, then immediately take it to the vet, and never leave your pet in a vehicle -- even for a few moments.

Here are a few safety tips for residents to beat the heat:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Use sunscreen
  • Limit outdoor activities to the morning and evening hours
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars
  • Check on those at high risk, including infants, children, and the elderly
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