As the temperatures continue to rise in the Santa Clarita Valley, local prep teams are trying to combat the heat to the best of their abilities. Since July 5, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued six heat warnings for the Santa Clarita Valley, with the latest having been extended through July 31. “When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” said Muntu Davis, health officer for Los Angeles County, in a statement. The extreme heat can throw off a team’s practice schedule, forcing coaches to hold practices early in the morning or late in the evenings. Practices are also being postponed or cut short. The Canyon girls soccer team held its June summer camp from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. everyday, as opposed to late morning or afternoon tryouts. Hart football head coach Mike Herrington has already moved his team’s practices to 6:00 a.m. next week to avoid the blistering heat. According to The Weather Channel, highs are forecasted to range from 101 to 106 degrees between Aug. 6 to Aug. 9. While finding the ideal practice time is important, staying hydrated is key to avoiding any heat illnesses. The CIF released a guide recommending that athletes hydrate adequately before practice and then continue to drink water every 30 to 45 minutes during practice. website.