Scorching Heatwave to Bake Southern California: Afternoon Highs Soar Beyond 100°F

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Southern California Braces for Scorching Heatwave

As the week draws to a close, Southern California is facing the brunt of a blistering heatwave, with afternoon temperatures soaring to record-breaking levels. Excessive heat warnings will be in place for much of the region, including the blazing Antelope Valley, where the mercury could hit a dizzying 106 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Hot temperatures are expected to continue through Thursday. (National Weather Service)

Baking Heat and Potential Health Risks

The sweltering conditions are a result of a building high pressure system that is enveloping the region. Forecasters warn that the extreme heat poses a significant risk of heat-related illnesses, emphasizing the importance of taking precautions.

Exposure to the Sun: A No-No

Residents are strongly advised to minimize their time outdoors, especially during the peak heat hours between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Excessive exposure to the blazing sun can lead to dehydration, sunburn, heat cramps, and even heatstroke.

Staying Safe Amidst the Heat

To combat the extreme heat, LA News Center urges residents to follow these vital tips:

  • Hydration is key: Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Water is always the best choice, but electrolyte-rich drinks can also be helpful for replenishing lost salts.
  • Air-conditioning is your ally: Seek refuge in air-conditioned environments, such as public libraries, shopping malls, or cooling centers.
  • Sunscreen and protective clothing: When venturing outdoors, don’t forget sunscreen and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to shield yourself from harmful UV rays.
  • Stay informed: Monitor the heat forecasts and heed any warnings or advisories issued by the National Weather Service.
  • Check on neighbors: Pay attention to elderly or vulnerable neighbors who may be at higher risk during extreme heat. Offer assistance with errands or transportation to cooling centers.
  • Pets need care too: Remember to provide your furry friends with ample shade, water, and a cool place to rest.

Air Quality Concerns

In addition to the scorching temperatures, the Southland will also experience unhealthy air quality conditions, particularly in Inland Empire communities like Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, and Redlands.

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