Warning: Today's Heat Will Be Oppressively High
Who doesn't like feeling oppressed...by hot temperatures? While we Angelenos tend to brag mid-winter about the nature of our climate, it's weeks like this that might make us eat our words. Unfortunately, this hot, hot heat is going to stick with us--like the back of your thighs are sticking to that chair.
The National Weather Service has portions of the Los Angeles area on an excessive heat warning, and, seriously, is that ever an accurate name. This heat is excessive! Superfluous! Too much! In all seriousness, the heat is going to get pretty high this afternoon in the mountains and valleys, and humidity has shown up to "an additional level of misery" as City News Service puts it.
More on the hot temps from CNS:
For example, while highs in the San Fernando Valley today will range between 98 and 108, it will feel like 105 to 110, according to the weather service. In the Santa Clarita Valley, the actual range of highs forecast is 103 to 109, but this afternoon's so called heat index values will be 105-110.
This creates, says NWS, a "dangerous situation" when it comes to heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of water, avoid spending a long time in the sun, and don't leave kids or pets in hot cars. They advise staying in an air-conditioned room, but be warned, all our air conditioners and fans cranking mean a big strain on our power companies' resources, and utility companies are warning that we could experience outages.
This week's warmest days are today and Friday, so plan to be keeping your cool a little longer.