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Surviving A Deadly Heat Wave With No AC

People watch the sun set in Los Angeles (Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
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During L.A.'s August heat wave it was so hot in Irma Macedonio's apartment that she had to take a cold shower and wrap herself in wet towels just to cool down enough to try and get some sleep.

Her central air conditioning system remained broken for about a year, she said — even after multiple requests to have it fixed.

"I have fans, but those fans blow hot air," said Macedonio in Spanish. "Because I have high blood pressure, it felt like my heart was going to stop."

The maximum temperature in downtown L.A. during the last heatwave was 98 degrees, but forecasts say it could reach 108 this Sunday, and that some areas of SoCal may see their highest temperatures ever recorded.

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Those without air conditioning have to figure out how to survive possible record setting temperatures this weekend. A scary prospect.


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