Summer may be on the way out, but officials warned Monday the season’s heat won’t quit this week.
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, temperatures could hit triple-digits Tuesday through Thursday in the San Fernando Valley. Other parts of Los Angeles County are also at risk. Tuesday could see 100-degree heat in the Santa Clarita Valley and East San Gabriel Valley.
Antelope Valley residents can hope for some thunderstorms, while coastal areas might get an early-morning reprieve thanks to low clouds and fog, according to the National Weather Service. Otherwise, officials warned, Angelenos should take every precaution against high temperatures.
“When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” Dr. Muntu Davis, Los Angeles County’s chief health officer, said. “While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out and check on others, in particular those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of high temperatures, including children, the elderly, and their pets,”
According to the CDC, staying cool starts with staying indoors during the hottest periods of the day. Air conditioning is key, and contrary to popular belief, fans are no substitute. According to the CDC, fans are ineffective at preventing heat-related illnesses past 90 degrees.
Angelenos without air conditioning might find it harder to keep cool, which is why many cities across California have turned to public cooling centers for its community. A list of cooling centers can be found at publichealth.lacounty.gov/heat, or by calling 2-1-1.
Weather forecasts for later this week do hold some hope, however. Next Saturday, temperatures are expected to drop between by as much as 8 degrees.