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Blistering Heat Not Expected to Back Off Until Weekend

Cooling centers were providing heat relief throughout Los Angeles and Riverside counties

This brutal summer heat wave isn’t done yet.

Excessive heat warnings were still in place Monday as temperatures were again expected to hit triple digits in the Los Angeles Basin, Valleys and Inland Empire.

Heat advisories warning of temperatures “well over 100 degrees” were in effect for the LA Basin, and the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys until at least Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to drop slightly in the next couple of days, but residents aren’t likely to enjoy the cool down.

“We expect some cooling on Wednesday,” said meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “It might not be noticeable because humidity levels will be coming up around the same time.”

Temperatures were already above 90 degrees in Riverside County at 10 a.m. Monday, and health officials urged residents to keep hydrated and know their limits when working outside in the heat.

In the past few days, there have been dozens of emergency calls involving heat-related illnesses in the Inland Empire, health officials said.

A road crew said they were keeping a close eye each other while they worked under the blistering sun.

"As soon as somebody is changing colors or anything we start noticing the changes and we start helping by getting them water and get them under some shade,” said Victor Delgadillo.

“When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke,” said Jeffery Gunzenhauser of the Los Angeles County of Public Health.

Not everyone was heeding the advice.

A spokesperson for the San Bernardino County Fire Department said paramedics had their hands full responding to heat-related calls over the weekend.

Cooling centers were providing heat relief throughout Los Angeles and Riverside counties.

Hoxsie said temperatures and humidity were expected to drop significantly by Friday, bringing noticeably cooler conditions to the Southland.

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