With the Southland in the grip of a three-day heat wave, health officials are warning the public to take precautions against overheating, particularly those planning outdoor activities.
Los Angeles County public health officials issued a heat alert for Thursday and Friday as the region braces for another day of temperatures that in some places could hit 20 degrees above normal.
In his warning issued Wednesday, county Public Health Director Jonathan Fielding said it was "critically important" to never leave children, older adults or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning.
People and pets who are susceptible to heat are particularly vulnerable in vehicles, even with the windows cracked open or down, Fielding warned, since temperatures inside "can quickly rise to life-threatening levels."
Those looking to cool off this week can head to the coast, where the ocean breeze will keep the temperatures in the 70s, or to one of several cooling centers open throughout Los Angeles County.