The National Weather Service (NWS) Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued an Excessive Heat Warning from 10:00 AM Friday, July 6 to 9:00 PM Saturday, July 7 with temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees or more on the coast of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and even higher inland. The City of Malibu is opening the Michael Landon Center at Malibu Bluffs Park from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday to serve as an Emergency Cooling Center to help residents cope with the excessive heat. The cooling center will offer an air-conditioned, indoor rest area with water and ice packs available. Malibu Bluffs Park is located at 24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265 (PCH at Malibu Canyon Road).
Warnings and Recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health During High Heat
- Reduce physical activity generally, and avoid physical outdoor activities or reschedule them to the early morning or evening hours.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored lightweight, loose-fitting clothes when you are outdoors and use sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 15.
- Avoid hot, heavy meals.
- Set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower or bath twice a day and visit a public air conditioned facility or shopping mall.
- Check on elderly neighbors as well as family and friends who do not have air conditioning.
- Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty, and avoid alcohol.
- Don’t forget about your pets, they need plenty of water and shade.
- Never leave people or pets unattended in a car.
- Symptoms of dehydration and heat related illness include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst. Seek medical attention.
For more information, visit the County Health Department website.