SoCal Heat Wave: What You Need to Know | NBC Southern California

SoCal Heat Wave: What You Need to Know

Officials warn seniors, children and those who are sensitive to heat to lookout for symptoms and take recommended safety precautions during high temperatures.

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    Residents and visitors struggled to stay cool as temperatures soared to the highest of the year so far. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 28, 2015. (Published Friday, Aug. 28, 2015)

    Residents were advised to take precautions Friday as temperatures are expected to peak, soaring into the 90s and triple-digits across the Southland.

    Officials warn seniors, children and those who are sensitive to heat to lookout for symptoms and take recommended safety precautions during high temperatures. Prolonged exposure to excessive temperatures increase the risk of heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

    Residents are also advised to take advantage of cooling centers near them. The majority of cooling centers are city facilities such as libraries, community centers and senior centers that are open during regular business hours, though hours may be extended in the event of extreme heat, officials said.

    To find a cooling center, LA County residents can call 311, LA City residents can call 211, or visit lacoa.org.

    Heat to Reach Triple Digits In Parts of Socal

    [LA] AM Forecast: Heat to Reach Triple Digits In Parts of Socal
    Temperatures were expected to reach the 100s in the Inland and Valley areas before cooling down Saturday. David Biggar has the forecast for Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (Published Friday, Aug. 28, 2015)

    Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion: heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting and dizziness. Warning signs of heat stroke may include an extremely high body temperature, unconsciousness, confusion, hot and dry skin (no sweating), a rapid, strong pulse, and a throbbing headache. If symptoms of heat stroke occur, immediately call for medical assistance. Move the person to a shady area and begin cooling their body with water.

    Recommended Heat Precautions:

    • Drink plenty of water, not soda or alcohol
    • Limit outdoor activities
    • Never leave kids, elderly or pets in the car
    • Wear light-colored and light-weight clothing
    • Stay out of the midday sun
    • Check on elderly neighbors
    • Provide shade and water for pets and livestock

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