Heat Wave Gains Momentum, with Temps 10 Degrees Above Normal in the Southland


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While the rest of the Southland suffers scorching temperatures today as this week’s heat wave continues, those living on the coast will likely experience a cooler climate reaching into the high 80s, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

Although Long Beach residents can rest easy knowing they won’t have to experience the potential 108-degree high in the valleys and lower mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, it’s still a good idea to take extra health precautions, especially with the National Weather Service (NWS) reporting temperatures currently in the low 90s near the Long Beach Airport.

The NWS has issued a heat advisory as “daytime temperatures around 10 degrees above what is normally the hottest time of the year” can become a health hazard. The high pressure system currently building over the area will be at its strongest by Friday and Saturday, raising temperatures high above normal.

“Never, ever leave people or pets in enclosed vehicles, even for a short period of time,” the advisory stated. “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 heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.”

While this Friday marks the 10-year anniversary of one of the hottest events on record for any month, when Woodland Hills hit 119 degrees on July 22, 2006, NWS officials noted there isn’t much of a chance any heat record will be broken.

Temperatures along the coast are expected to begin cooling on Sunday, according to forecasters.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.