An excessive heat watch was issued this week by the National Weather Service for parts of Los Angeles County.

By midweek, Lancaster and Palmdale were expected to see temperatures up to 109 degrees. The heatwave is expected to extend into the weekend.

Dangerously hot conditions along with very warm overnight lows in 70s are in the forecast for the Antelope Valley cities.

Extreme heat can significantly increase the potential for heat-related illness, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

Public Health officials issued the following recommendations to stay safe during high-temperature days:

— Drink plenty of water throughout the day;

— Plan your day to avoid going out during the 

     hottest hours, and wear sunscreen;

— Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes, and 

     wear a hat or use an umbrella;

— Never leave children or pets in cars and call 

     911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone;

— Beware of heat-related illness, like heat stroke 

     and call 911 if you or someone you know is 

     experiencing high body temperature, 

     vomiting, and pale and clammy skin;

— Check on those at risk, such as those who are 

    sick, older adults, pregnant women, and 

    children, and those who live alone; and

— If you are wearing a mask, avoid strenuous 

     workouts wearing face coverings or masks 

     not intended for athletic purposes.

Pet owners are urged to take the following precautions:

— Exercise pets in the morning and evening 

     when it’s cooler, and avoid hot surfaces such 

     as asphalt on hot days;

— Provide plenty of clean, cool drinking water 

     to prevent dehydration;

— Provide adequate shade and ventilation with 

     plenty of drinking water in a tip-proof bowl 

     if a pet must stay in the yard;

— Never leave your pet in a parked car — not 

     even for a minute;

— If a pet is excessively panting, heavily 

     salivating and/or immobile, immerse the pet 

     slowly in cool water to lower its temperature 

     and then contact a veterinarian;

— Clip long or matted coats short to help 

     your pet stay cool;

— Carefully go over your pet’s body at least 

     once a week to check for fleas, ear mites and 

     tiny bumps or cuts, and use a good flea-and-

     tick repellent recommended by your 


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