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'Excessive heat watch' issued for Southern California

The National Weather Service has issued an "excessive heat watch" for Southern California for Saturday -- warning that intense heat and high humidity could prove dangerous, especially to the young, aged and infirm.

As an emergency measure, the city of Los Angeles is opening "cooling centers," which include senior citizen centers, recreation facilities and libraries. A full list can be found at Emergency.lacity.org. Click on the banner that says "Cooling Facilities to beat the heat."

A combination of high heat and humidity can cause a raft of health-endangering conditions: poor air quality, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and sunstroke. The L.A. County Department of Public Health has more information on those dangers at Publichealth.lacounty.gov.

Since energy uses spikes with hot weather, the L.A. Department of Water and Power is asking that a few simple measures be taken, such as turning off lights when not in use, avoiding cooking during the hottest time of the day and ventilating your home at night.

Also, children and pets should never be left alone in closed vehicles.


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