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Excessive heat watch for Lancaster, Palmdale


An excessive heat watch was issued this week by the National Weather Service for parts of Los Angeles County.

By midweek, Lancaster and Palmdale were expected to see temperatures up to 109 degrees. The heatwave is expected to extend into the weekend.

Dangerously hot conditions along with very warm overnight lows in 70s are in the forecast for the Antelope Valley cities.

Extreme heat can significantly increase the potential for heat-related illness, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

Public Health officials issued the following recommendations to stay safe during high-temperature days:

— Drink plenty of water throughout the day;

— Plan your day to avoid going out during the

hottest hours, and wear sunscreen;

— Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes, and

wear a hat or use an umbrella;

— Never leave children or pets in cars and call

911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone;

— Beware of heat-related illness, like heat stroke

and call 911 if you or someone you know is

experiencing high body temperature,

vomiting, and pale and clammy skin;

— Check on those at risk, such as those who are

sick, older adults, pregnant women, and

children, and those who live alone; and

— If you are wearing a mask, avoid strenuous

workouts wearing face coverings or masks

not intended for athletic purposes.

Pet owners are urged to take the following precautions:

— Exercise pets in the morning and evening

when it’s cooler, and avoid hot surfaces such

as asphalt on hot days;

— Provide plenty of clean, cool drinking water

to prevent dehydration;

— Provide adequate shade and ventilation with

plenty of drinking water in a tip-proof bowl

if a pet must stay in the yard;

— Never leave your pet in a parked car — not

even for a minute;

— If a pet is excessively panting, heavily

salivating and/or immobile, immerse the pet

slowly in cool water to lower its temperature

and then contact a veterinarian;

— Clip long or matted coats short to help

your pet stay cool;

— Carefully go over your pet’s body at least

once a week to check for fleas, ear mites and

tiny bumps or cuts, and use a good flea-and-

tick repellent recommended by your