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Locals hit the beach to escape the heat

July 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Southland sizzled Saturday as temperatures jumped past 100 degrees. It was so hot the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the valleys and desert areas.With all the heat people were outside looking for ways to cool off or to have fun.

"Southern California, this is what we do in the summer," said Mark Baker who was out playing Frisbee with friends in Van Nuys. "We ignore the heat and come out and have fun anyway."

Authorities advised anyone who ventured outside to make sure they stayed cool and hydrated.

That meant a lot of water and extra precautions for people to make sure they stayed safe.

"Extra water and sunscreen, that's about it," said Morgan Poppe who was also in Van Nuys. "I'm just kind of watching how my body is reacting to the sun."

Others took to the shade or the water. Thousands of people packed beaches in Southern California. For those who couldn't take a dip, a little breeze under a big shade tree was a good way to keep cool.

The weather cooled off in time for car fans in Glendale, where Cruise Night was held and people came out and brought their vintage cars and listened to music.

The excessive heat warning will remain in effect in until 8 p.m. Sunday night in the mountain areas, Los Angeles County and Ventura County.

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