SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — Triple-digit temperatures across the Southland forced officials to issue a heat advisory on Monday warning residents to stay hydrated and remain inside if possible.
100-degree weather was forecast for areas in the San Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Clarita, and Antelope valleys starting today through Friday.
Robert Kim-Farley with the Los Angeles County Health Department told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that commuters need to be extra cautious over the coming days.
“We’re especially trying to warn people that if you’re in a car, be sure you don’t let people under your care stay in that car with the windows rolled up and things like this,” said Kim-Farley. “With pets and young children, this can actually kill.”
Officials are urging residents to wear light, loose-fitting clothing; drink plenty of water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks; 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; and stay in an air-conditioned area peak heat hours.
Kim-Farley said while such advice may sound like common sense, the onset of dehydration can occur quite rapidly under current heat conditions.
“There’s different stages, one first gets a little thirsty and dehydrated, then you can actually go into what we call heat exhaustion, which is getting extremely dehydrated, and then ultimately to what we call heat stroke,” he said.
Residents without access to air conditioning at home are urged to visit public facilities or local cooling centers.
For a list of cooling centers and additional information on heat-related illnesses and prevention, please visit the Public Health website, or call the LA County Information line at 211 from any landline or cell phone within the county.