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Weather service issues heat warning as temperatures soar

August 23, 2010 |  7:39 pm

As temperatures soared Monday, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for valleys and lower mountain areas in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

By late Monday afternoon, temperatures had reached 105 in Chatsworth, 98 in downtown Los Angeles and 102 in Palmdale.

At the Santa Monica Pier, the temperature had reached a comfortable 68 degrees, according to the weather service.

Temperatures in Orange County varied from 73 in Newport Beach to 98 in Lake Forest.

In Ventura County, temperatures ranged from 76 at Point Mugu to 102 in Ojai. In the Inland Empire, Riverside Airport recorded 104 degrees and Ontario reached 103.

The weather service urged people to take precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and sunstroke.

"If you plan to be outside for an extended period of time, stay in the shade as much as possible and drink plenty of water," the agency said. "Limit any outdoor strenuous activities to the early morning hours or after sundown."

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: This fisherman sought comfort in the shade at Lincoln Park in L.A.'s Lincoln Heights neighborhood. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times