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Excessive heat warning hits Southland cities

July 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
An excessive heat warning is in effect for much of Southern California as scorching temperatures and high humidity have people seeking shade and shelter from the sun. It's probably not a good idea to spend too much time outside Thursday afternoon, especially if you're in the local valleys. Temperatures could hit triple digits, and the humidity will make it feel even worse.

A handful of joggers were out by the Lale Balboa early Thursday morning, but most people cleared out in search of shade to heed the excessive heat warning.

Temperatures were pushing 80 degrees as early as 8 a.m. in Sherman Oaks. Tiffany Walker took her morning walk early, but she didn't escape the heat.

"It's already hot, so I'm done working out. It's what, 8:30? Wow," said Walker.

Northridge resident Debra Spitz managed to endure the heat long enough to water her flowers.

"As soon as I get through watering, I'm going home to my nice little air-conditioned apartment and I'm staying inside," said Spitz.

The high humidity levels combined with the expected triple digit temperatures across Southern California could cause severe health problems.

After spending some time working on her garden, Gina Haba was surprised by how quickly it was getting hot.

"I have my water and I should have my hat on, but I keep thinking I'm going to get out of here before it gets too hot, but it's already here," Haba said.

Tips to beat the heat:

  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Drink water or sports drinks often and avoid alcohol.
  • Stay in air conditioned areas.
  • Avoid unnecessary exertion during peak sun hours.


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