How SoCal residents are dealing with the heat wave (photos)

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From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California — as former TV anchor Jerry Dunphy used to say — it's HOT. And it's expected to stay toasty through the weekend. 

The sun wasn't up long, and it was already hot Friday morning at the Jackie Robinson Stadium track in South Los Angeles. 

Retired nurse Clarice Pyles was rubbing sunblock lotion on her hands before her two-mile walk.

Pyles said she notices people with darker skin don't use sunscreen — but said they should. 

"I think more African-Americans don't think they break out or get sunburned, but we do," Pyles said. 

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Meanwhile, retired schoolteacher Sherilyn — she declined to offer her last name — was finishing her own walk on the track. 

Without air conditioning at home,  she said, she planned to take it easy most of the day.

"I have ceiling fans, so maybe I'll turn on one," she said. "I probably won't do any gardening or anything until after 6 p.m."

Near Los Angeles  and 2nd streets in downtown L.A., Terry Austin sat on the ground next to a shopping cart loaded with his personal belongings. 

His plan to keep cool?

"I go to [the] library, basically, every day, because I do a lot of work [searching] and things with the computer," Austin said.

At a nearby Starbucks, Caltrans biologist Erika Reppun of Long Beach came out sipping a Frappuccino to start the hot morning. 

She said she loves the extreme heat.

"I'm from Northern California where it's, like, a 100, so this is nothing to me," said Reppun.

Do you work outdoors? How are you coping with the heat? Let us know in the comments.

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