The City of Angels feels a little bit more like hell on earth this week. Highs around the southland toped 100 in many locations today, with the hottest spots in the west valley and inland, where some thermometers spiked to 107. The temperature got as high as 99 degreess in at the Studio City Weather Center, with the higher-than-normal humidity level making it feel even warmer.
And it's only going to get hotter, according to a statement issued by the National Weather Service forecast office in Oxnard, which said that the warmest day will be Friday. Heat index values, which take into account air temperature and humidity values, could top 105 in locations that aren't accustomed to that kind of heat, prompting the NWS to issue an excessive heat watch.
Area beaches were crowded Tuesday, and larger crowds were expected today as southlanders flock to the ocean to escape the heat. Other residents found relief in area public pools.
With most Angelinos taking shelter indoors from the high temperatures, The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is encouraging residents to reduce usage and be aware of the increased strain put on the power grid due to increased air-conditoner activity.
LA County's Public Health website listed several tips for beating the heat. They include:
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
- Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often (do not wait until you are thirsty), and avoid drinking alcohol.
- Offer help to those in your neighborhood with limited access to air conditioning and transportation, such as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently or take them to a location with air conditioning.
- During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.
- Avoid unnecessary exertion, such as vigorous exercise during peak sun hours, if you are outside or in a non-air conditioned building.
- Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from sun damage.
The website also advised that a number of cooling centers are available for people wanting to escape the heat. It recommends you visit your local public library, or call 2-1-1 for more information.