LANCASTER – Triple-digit temperatures are expected this the week in the Antelope Valley, where record temperatures were recorded in Lancaster and Palmdale for the second straight day on Sunday.
Lancaster set a record-high of 113 degrees on Sunday, and Palmdale a record-high of 111. Saturday’s highs of 112 in Palmdale broke the old record for that date of 109 set in 2003, while the 113 in Lancaster broke 1961’s record of 112, according to the National Weather Service.
An excessive heat warning will remain in effect in the Antelope Valley through 9 p.m. Monday, with the NWS predicting “dangerously hot conditions” and temperatures up to 115 degrees. Forecasters said temperatures won’t drop dramatically overnight in the area either, with lows expected in the mid-70s to mid-80s.
“Strong upper level high pressure will bring excessively hot temperatures to the interior valleys, mountains and deserts through early next week, with above normal temperatures most everywhere away from the coast,” according to the NWS.
The NWS advised residents to stay hydrated, avoid the sun when possible and check up on relatives and neighbors who might be susceptible to heat illness.
“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside,” forecasters advised. “When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.”
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a heat alert through Wednesday, July 14, in the Antelope Valley. County officials said those without air conditioning at home can take advantage of cooling centers, with information on locations available at https://ready.lacounty.gov/heat/ or by calling 211.