The Southland’s latest heat wave will send the mercury soaring into triple-digit territory, raising the risk of heat-related illnesses, especially in the Antelope Valley, where an excessive heat warning will be in effect and temperatures are forecast to be around 20 degrees higher than normal.
“Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities,” warned the National Weather Service in discussing the Antelope Valley.
“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.”
The NWS forecast highs of 75-99 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast, 90-100 degrees in most valley areas, 95-105 degrees in the Antelope Valley, and 80-100 in the mountains and foothills.
Long Beach will have mostly sunny days with highs reaching from high 70’s to mid 80’s. Nights will be filled with patchy fog or be partly cloudy and in the low 60’s.
Sunny skies were forecast in L.A. County Tuesday, May 26, along with highs of 77 degrees in Avalon; 78 at LAX; 84 on Mount Wilson; 85 in Long Beach; 92 in San Gabriel; 93 in Pasadena and Burbank; 98 in Saugus; 99 in Woodland Hills; and 100 in Palmdale and Lancaster. Temperatures will stay about the same through Thursday, then decline by up to 10 degrees on Friday.