Southern California was sweltering Wednesday under a summer heat wave that sent temperatures reaching near triple digits in the Inland Empire and Woodland Hills.
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The last notable heat wave was mid-May when temperatures hit the upper 90s and low 100s. For the next several days, meteorologists are forecasting the hottest days of the summer season.
The pool at the Woodland Hills Recreational Center was packed with people Wednesday, and lifeguards were watching out for signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration.
"As part of our lessons safety is always a big issue we go over," said Jaclyn Quintanilla, a pool supervisor and lifeguard. "We look for the basic signs of people looking tired and people that have been in the heat for too long. Of course, we remind kids to stay hydrated. We have a lot of posters that say, ‘Re-think your drink – choose water.’"
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The summer heat wave was in full effect in the Valley on Wednesday afternoon and was expected to continue for the next several days.
By 5 p.m., it had reached 98 degrees in Woodland Hills, which is 10 to 15 degrees above average.
"It's usually hot around this time and it doesn't usually rain, so I like going to the pool for exercise and to stay cool," said 9-year-old Srujam Dave of Woodland Hills.
"I'm trying to hydrate a lot and put some sun block so my skin is alright," said Carlos Anor of Chatsworth.
A heat advisory was expected to be issued Thursday.