Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa has advice for beating the heat

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LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Waiting For Superman' at the Paramount Theatre on September 20, 2010 in Hollywood, California.

It should be a little cooler today than yesterday – if 100 degrees instead of 110 is really cooler.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa found one way to beat the heat. He spent the morning in an air-conditioned Senate hearing room in Washington, D.C. – testifying about transportation issues.

But he had a message for Angelenos baking back home.

"We’re encouraging people to stay home if they don’t have to go outside and weather what has been our Indian summer," said Villaraigosa

"We’re encouraging people to stay in if they have air conditioning or come into our cooling centers, encouraging them to raise their thermostat to 78 degrees, and to ensure that people are safe during this hot weather."

Villaraigosa encouraged seniors in homes without air conditioning to drop by one of the City of L.A.’s cooling centers to escape the heat.

KPCC's Frank Stoltze comments on heat wave

In the City of L.A., dial 3-1-1 to find a cooling center – or dial 3-1-1 for an L.A. County cooling center. Or just head to a nearby library or senior center. And if you have older relatives in Southern California, check on ‘em today.

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