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Keep Your Cool: Excessive Heat Warning Issued for L.A. County Today

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While the East Coast is dealing with Hurricane Irene and her winds and rains, we're going to spend our weekend sweltering in SoCal. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Los Angeles County, as a large ridge of high pressure is gifting us with super high temperatures and high humidity to boot.

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via National Weather Service
Things are going to really heat up between 2 and 8 p.m. today, specifically in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. Temps are likely to hit around 105 degrees this afternoon in the affected areas. Caution is particularly urged for the elderly, children, pets, and people who plan to be active outdoors today.

For those who need a place to go to cool down, the City of Los Angeles has cooling centers set up; to find one near you, call 2-1-1 for more info. Keeping cool is mostly about common sense: Hydrate, wear loose clothing, don't spend too much time outdoors, wear sunscreen, and don't leave your kids or pets in the car. If you need some advice from the pros, the Los Angeles Fire Department has some hot weather safety tips. Keep it cool, L.A.

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