'LA Heat' premieres in wide release this week
LOS ANGELES, CA -- If predictions are on target, Mother Nature will headline a summer show that will include daytime high temperatures climbing well over the century mark, meaning now is the time to protect children and pets from dangerous heat.
Meteorologists today issued an excessive heat watch for all of Los Angeles County.
By mid-week, mercury levels are expected to climb to 110 degrees or greater near Antelope Valley, 108 in the valleys and close to 100 along the coastal region.
During this time, officials remind parents and animal owners not to leave their children or pets inside parked vehicles -- even with the windows partially rolled down because rising temperatures could be life-threatening.
Animal welfare advocates urge pet owners to make certain to provide outdoor pets with substantial shading and an ample supply of cool, fresh water.
Veterinarians advise pet owners not to walk dogs during the hottest part of the day because hot pavement can cause serious burns on the the animal's paws.
Joggers and sunbathers are encouraged to take precaution over the next few days.
Cooler weather is expected to return by the weekend.
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