EXCESSIVE HEAT Arrives: Aug. 31-Sept. 9

Posted on 08/30/2022
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[UPDATED: September 12, 2022]

Summer is nearly done, but LA City heat is just getting started!

Excessive Heat Warning and Ozone Advisory for Los Angeles - Wednesday, August 31 to Friday, September 9

Los Angeles is expecting a long period of extreme heat from Wednesday at 11 am through at least Wednesday at 8 pm.  The heat wave also impacted air quality levels in many parts of the City.

Cooling Centers

Due to the arrival of a late-summer heat wave over the 2022 Labor Day holiday and the week following, LA City opened numerous regional cooling centers across the City for extended hours when the weather service estimated the highs throughout the area would reach or exceed 100°.  Over the course of the 10-day, record-setting heat event, the 11 LA City augmented centers hosted more than 2200 Angelenos, with even more uncounted residents using other LA Parks facilities and LA City Library branches.

During the excessive heat, these LA City cooling centers were open daily, through Friday, September 9
LINCOLN PARK Recreation Center -- 3501 Valley Boulevard, LA  90031;  phone: (213) 847-1726
LAFAYETTE Multipurpose Community Center -- 625 S. La Fayette Park, LA  90057;  phone: (213) 384-0562
FRED ROBERTS Recreation Center -- 4700 S. Honduras St., LA  90011; phone: (323) 236-8650                         
SOUTH LOS ANGELES Sports Activity Center -- 7020 S. Figueroa St., LA  90003; phone: (323) 758-8716                              
JIM GILLIAM Recreation Center -- 4000 S. La Brea Ave., LA  90008; phone: (323) 291-5928 
GREEN MEADOWS Recreation Center -- 431 E. 89th St., LA  90003; phone: (323) 565-4242
CANOGA PARK Senior Citizen Center -- 7326 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park  91303; phone: (818) 340-2633                                 
MID-VALLEY Senior Citizen Center -- 8825 Kester Ave., Panorama City  91402; phone: (818) 892-0892
SYLMAR PARK Park Recreation Center -- 13109 Borden Ave., Sylmar  91342; phone: (818) 367-5656                                 
WESTWOOD Recreation Center -- 1350 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, LA  90025; phone: (310) 473-3610
WESTCHESTER Senior Citizen Center -- 7000 W. Manchester Ave., LA  90045; phone: (310) 670-7473

Because extremely high temperatures and bad air quality could continue for many days in a row, it’s very important to be proactive and make sure you and your community have a plan to stay safe during extreme heat.

BE PERSONALLY PREPARED:

Keep cool by resting in shady areas or buildings with air conditioning and drinking plenty of water. If you do not live in an air-conditioned building, you can take refuge from the heat at a public library, recreation facility, senior center or other public air-conditioned building near you. A list of augmented centers, as well as links to existing library site may be found on EMD's "Beat the Heat" webpage.

You may also call 3-1-1 to identify the cooling centers closest to you, visit LA City Recreation and Parks listing, or view the LA County map of cooling center locations which also shows hours of operation.  Many pools and splash pads at your local Recreation and Parks locations will be available during this period of excessive heat -- you can find their hours of operation and locations at LA Parks Aquatics.

HELP YOUR COMMUNITY PREPARE:

Check up on relatives and neighbors, especially if they have pre-existing health conditions or are sensitive to heat.  Let them know the heat is coming and the ways to stay safe. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.   

A human figure drawing with details about heat exhaustion and heat strokes symptom and how to treat them.

IF YOU MUST BE OUTSIDE:

Take extra precautions if you work, exercise, or spend time outside. Whenever possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening, or until this period of extreme heat is over. Learn the symptoms of heat exhaustion vs. heat stroke to help you help others. 

To reduce risk during outdoor work, OSHA recommends frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments and staying hydrated. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.  Employers must provide access to sufficient water. 

Heat stroke is a life-threatening emergency- Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location, and then immediately call 911.  Non-emergency heat-related information can be found by calling 3-1-1.

For more information on heat safety and updates on cooling center openings and changes in this summer's heat patterns, visit: Emergency.LACity.org/Heat