Residents are bracing themselves for another heat wave hitting Southern California as heat alerts have been declared for several communities through at least Friday.
With temperatures expected to creep above the 100 degrees in some areas, residents have developed their own strategy for working out and keeping cool during a heat advisory.
"I'll just walk. Pace myself. Be under the shade and stay out of the sun," said Hmed Cato, an early morning jogger.
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Others are cooling off at spash pools in nearby parks and taking advantage of local cooling centers.
Los Angeles County health officials declared a heat alert for the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and eastern San Gabriel valleys on Thursday, urging peope to protect themselves and their loved ones during high temperatures.
Forecasters said residents should stay well-hydrated, avoid working in the sun, check on neighbors and relatives -- especially the elderly -- and provide plenty of water to pets and livestock.
It is also critically important never to leave children, the elderly or pets in closed cars parked in hot weather, forecasters stressed.
The heat wave -- resulting from high pressure over the region -- will end Saturday, when a cooling trend will get underway.
To find a cooling center, LA County residents can call 311, LA City residents can call 211.
City News Services contributed to this report.