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Stay Cool Like These Italian Meerkats As LA's Heat Gets Dangerous This Weekend

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Suricats eat frozen watermelon to cool off at the "Bioparco" zoo, during a heat wave on June 27, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images) AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images
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While the main heat wave really ramps up today (Friday), for most of Southern California, Sunday is expected to be the hottest day, with temperatures as high as 115 degrees.

Heat causes more deaths in the U.S. each year than floods, storms, and lightning combined. And anyone can get heat stroke -- especially children, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions.

Some simple precautions can keep you safe —

  • Stay inside.
  • Don't drink alcohol; it dehydrates you, so skip the beer and drink more water than usual, before you’re thirsty.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, take cool showers to lower your body temperature.
  • If you have to be outside, keep it short and stay in the shade.
  • Health officials say to use the buddy system to check on older friends or neighbors.
  • And Remember - the coronavirus doesn’t care how hot it is, so keep your distance from people not in your household.

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