Los Angeles is expecting a long period of extreme heat from Wednesday at 11am through at least Monday at 8pm. Temperatures could reach up to 112 degrees in the San Fernando Valley and up to 105 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and the LA basin.
This heat wave will also impact air quality, and smog will reach unsafe levels in many parts of the City.
Since these extremely high temperatures and bad air quality will continue for many days in a row, it’s very important to be proactive and make sure you and your community have a plan to stay safe during extreme heat.
Keep cool by resting in shady areas or buildings with air conditioning and drinking plenty of water.
If you do not live in an air-conditioned building, you can take refuge from the heat at a public library, recreation facility, senior center or other public air-conditioned building near you.
Visit https://ready.lacounty.gov/heat/ to see a map of cooling center locations, and hours of operation (additional centers being added). Many pools and splash pads at your local Recreation and Parks locations will be available over the holiday weekend- you can find their hours of operation and locations by visiting the Daily Pool Status Website.
Check up on relatives and neighbors, especially if they have pre-existing health conditions or are sensitive to heat.
Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Take extra precautions if you work, exercise, or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, or until this period of extreme heat is over.
Heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency- Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location, and then immediately call 911.