Forecasters said relief from the Southern California triple-digit heat wave would arrive Wednesday. Now, they've predicted the misery will be prolonged by at least a day.
The L.A. County Department of Public Health has extended its heat alert through Wednesday. Meanwhile, cities in the L.A. area were meeting and beating heat records left and right.
Woodland Hills hit 107 degrees on Sunday, when Burbank reached 101 and El Cajon 102. Even Laguna Beach was an extra-balmy 89 that day, 2 degrees hotter than its 1928 record of 87.
The county reminds us that -- through Wednesday -- "even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke." Stay hydrated, stay inside, and the elderly and infirm should be in air conditioning between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Here's a map of designated cooling centers.
One semi-bright spot: As of the writing of this post, the National Weather Service's excessive heat warning for the L.A. area was still set to expire Tuesday night. The weather service predicts dangerously hot weather through Tuesday with heat index values of 100 to 110 degrees in the valleys of L.A. and Ventura counties and the Santa Monica Mountains.
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