According to a recent report from KTLA News California, Southern California natives can expect triple-digit temperatures to continue, according to the National Weather Service. Areas surrounding the desert and valley will get temperatures anywhere between 100 and 107 degrees, while the surrounding inland areas will get an average of 85 to 99 degrees. The high temperatures have caused a heat alert throughout the area.
Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, L.A. County Interim Health Officer, said in the release, “When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days.”
Buildings with conventional roofing materials will absorb from 85-95% of the heat and energy from the sun, making homes without central cooling at risk for higher indoor temperatures. Those without central air are advised to seek shelter in local cooling centers, libraries, shopping malls, or any other location that has air conditioning.
“Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly, but we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated,” added Gunzenhauser.
Surrounding desert areas can also expect thunderstorms, weather services say. Find a safe, cool place to spend the weekend to avoid any health risks from extreme sun and other weather events. Experts also suggest to keep an eye out for any fires caused by the heat, and to remain in a safe location until the conditions pass.
If you live in the areas that will be affected the most, consult your local weather authorities to find out more about necessary precautions you can take to protect yourself in the upcoming heat.