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Heat looms over Labor Day weekend

September 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Temperatures are expected to climb to over 100 degrees in parts of the Southland on Saturday as the Labor Day holiday weekend kicks off.The first few days of September saw temperatures that usually hit the Southland in mid-summer. The heat hit 105 degrees in Santa Clarita on Friday afternoon, and many inland communities and those in the Valley expect triple-digit temperatures on Saturday as well.

In the scorching heat, it's important to drink lots of water and other beverages to keep hydrated. Vigorous exercise in the middle of the day is not recommended.

Many Sherman Oaks residents were out early to get their exercise in before the sun reached its peak.

Not everyone is complaining about the heat.

"I'm managing the late-summer heat getting out in the sunshine as much as possible and out of the dark office and inside my kitchen, and I'm swimming as much as I can," said Margaret England, a swimmer taking advantage of the sun in Sherman Oaks.

"If you're not finished by 8 or 8:30, it's already 80 degrees, and sometimes at 9 o'clock in the morning, it's 90 degrees. So start early, do your workout and you're finished for the day," advised Brian Williams, who was playing basketball Saturday morning in Sherman Oaks.