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Excessive heat warning issued for Southern California

August 27, 2011 |  3:25 pm

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for Southern California on Saturday.

Concerned about humidity and temperatures that could reach triple digits in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, officials encouraged residents to limit their time outdoors and drink plenty of water.

As of about 3 p.m., it was 106 degrees in Lancaster, 103 in Burbank and a refreshing 78 in Avalon on Catalina Island.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommended scheduling rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments, such as libraries or shopping malls.

Cooling centers are open at community facilities across Los Angeles and can be located by dialing 211.

If you plan to be outdoors, the Los Angeles Fire Department recommends you avoid alcohol and wear sunscreen and loose-fitting clothing. Children, pets and the elderly should be checked on often.

Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst, and they should be addressed immediately.

The warning remains in effect until 8 p.m.

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