L.A. Heat Wave: Medical Emergencies Expected to Spike This Weekend

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A heat wave that’s forecast to bear down on the Los Angeles region this weekend is likely to bring not only a heightened threat of wildfires but also a spike in medical emergencies.

“People overestimate their abilities and underestimate the danger of the heat,” said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

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The heat wave is expected to ramp up starting Friday and bring triple-digit temperatures across the region, possibly breaking records in parts of the Los Angeles area, National Weather Service meteorologists said.

In Woodland Hills, the mercury is expected to climb to 106 degrees on Sunday, just a degree below the record for the date set there in 1971. Burbank and Lancaster could top out at 100 degrees, officials said.

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