Cooling centers for heat relief

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File Photo: A workman is silhouetted against cloudy skies as he carries a piece of plywood to the peak of a roof as construction continues on two-story homes on the 22500 block of Breakwater Way in Santa Clarita in 2011.

As the heat begins to pummel residents, Los Angeles County issued a Heat Alert as high temperatures have been forecast for the Santa Clarita Valley.

Temperatures are expected to keep climbing reaching 106 degrees on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Saugus and Newhall may reach 107.

While the sizzling heat will continue, triple digit temperatures should break by Thursday.

Public health officials remind people to take precautions, especially those involved in outdoor activities.

Never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning or in  in vehicles, even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels – or death.

“If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor without air conditioning, make sure that they get to a cooling center or other air conditioned space between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.,” said Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, Interim Health Officer, L.A. County.

Regional cooling centers are located at:

Acton Agua Dulce Library
33791 Crown Valley Road

Santa Clarita Library-Newhall
24500 Main Street

Santa Clarita Library-Canyon Country
18601 Soledad Canyon

Santa Clarita Library-Valencia
23743 West Valencia Blvd.

SCV Senior Center
22900 Market Street

Times of operation vary each day and residents should check with a center to see how early it closes.

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