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Revenge of summer: Cooling centers open late, conservation urged


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Overcompensating for the relatively mild June and July, August is continuing its heat assault with temperatures registering monstrous numbers like 118 degrees in some of the region's valley and inland areas.

Southern California Edison, serving an area of nearly 14 million people, is spreading a message of electricity conservation while also readying the number of crews available to respond to possible power outages.

The company said earlier on Wednesday that high electricity use — particularly from air conditioners — was straining distribution equipment, but no power outages had been reported.

Local officials have been preparing for months to handle tight power supplies in light of the tubular trouble at San Onofre nuclear plant that caused a full facility shut down.

Officials at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are also dripping with conservation messages in an effort to prevent strain on the power grid. Earlier Wednesday the utility reported outages in Chatsworth and Harbor City.


'Oppressive conditions' as LA basin boils in triple digit temperatures

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This is not the week to take up running in the Valley.

With triple-digit temperatures forecast through Friday across the region, public health officials have issued a heat advisory for parts of Los Angeles County, and the National Weather Service forecasts "excessive heat" and "oppressive conditions" in and around the San Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys. 

Officials are urging everyone to wear light, loose clothing, drink plenty of water, check on friends and neighbors and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

Prolonged hot temperatures can create potentially dangerous heat-illness situations. People without air-conditioning are advised to visit public facilities, and warned against leaving kids, elderly folks and pets unattended in vehicles, as temperatures inside cars can quickly rise to life-threatening levels, even with windows cracked.


Friday's mini-sizzle starts a weekend of warm weather

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According to the National Weather Service, a mini-sizzle is set for the Southland on Friday.

Temperatures will tease the greater Los Angeles area with 80s-style heat for the end of the working week. Pasadena's passionate will may be dripping in degrees near to 90 on Friday, and Woodland Hills, typically the barometer of maximum hotness in the valley, could see 93 degrees.

"People looking to cool off will need to head to the coast," said Stuart Seto, a specialist with the NWS, notes the L.A. Times. Beach temperatures will keep things cool(er) with salty air temps ranging from the mid 60s to the low 70s.

Initially thought to be a 100s kind of weekend, forecasters are now saying the heat is expected to hover in the 70s and 80s but not spike a city-wide fever. On Sunday, however, Southern California could see a little cooling and possible fog that may stick around and bring its friend rain sometime toward the end of next week.