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Spring scorcher for Southern California

April 20, 2009 12:52:56 PM PDT
The calendar says April, but it felt a lot like August as Southern California sweltered under another spring scorcher.The spring heat wave could reach its peak Monday with more record-breaking temperatures possible. A high of 97 degrees was forecast for downtown L.A. Monday, which is 1 degree warmer than the record high on April 20, 1958.

At places like Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley, temperatures steadily increased throughout Monday, from the pleasant 70s to triple digits in the afternoon.

Meteorologists said similar conditions would be in effect in other inland locations, such as the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

For the most part, SoCal residents said they were prepared for the hot and sunny weather.

"I've got sunblock on my face and a big hat and long sleeves, because I don't want to get too much sun, and I have some water to stay hydrated," said local resident Dina Rossin.

Howard Dragutsky, an Encino resident, said he makes sure he has sunglasses and a hat when out for a walk on hot and sunny days like Monday.

The south slope of Perris Hill in San Bernardino went up in flames on Monday. Another fire covered five acres in Riverside. Crews knocked out the Riverside fire in minutes, but many residents have come to expect fires when it gets hot.

Meanwhile, in Orange County, some residents headed to the beach in search of slightly cooler temperatures. Laguna Beach offered a nice break from the inland heat.

Experts cautioned that people who are sensitive to extreme heat should take precautions to protect themselves from the bright sun and heat.

Methods to protect against the heat include:

  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquids
  • Never leave children, the elderly or pets in enclosed vehicles

City News Service contributed to this report


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