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Some Cool Ideas for Scorching Weekend

Five ways to lay low and beat the high temps.

The National Weather Service’s Weather Forecast Office in Los Angeles/Oxnard is predicting temperature highs to hover around 92 degrees Fahrenheit today, making it one of the year’s hottest days.

Saturday's high—also with a 20 percent chance of rain—is forecast to be 90 degrees, and the high for Sunday is expected to be 93 degrees. In fact, the weather office has issued an "Excessive Heat Watch" warning from Friday through Sunday.

And to make matters worse, the 20 percent chance of showers is likely to ensure that humidity will remain relatively high. That, in turn, would render swimming somewhat unattractive, making it tougher to cool off without air conditioning.

So what can those of us do who don’t have air conditioning at home and don’t want to travel far—wisely—to be in an air conditioned environment? Here are five suggestions on how to cope with the heat wave:

1. Take a Dip in the Pool at the

The pool is only open for three more days this summer, which just so happen to coincide with what are predicted to be the three hottest days of the year. The pool is open to the public from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for children and seniors and $2.50 for adults ($2.00 if you show a valid L.A. City library card).

2. Chill Out With a Book at the Arroyo Seco Library

You might not have A.C. at your place, but the does. The library is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

3. Grab a Cool Drink at a Local Café

El Chapin, and all offer peaceful and inviting environs to relax with a book and a cool drink.

4. Calm Your Mind, Cool Your Body

offers Tai Chi each Sunday morning in the courtyard. These early morning exercises, which begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 9:30 a.m., will help you brace your mind and body for another scorcher of a day.

5. Catch a Movie at the

Is there any place cooler than the inside of a dimly lit movie theater? This weekend, you can catch Conan the Barbarian, Fright Night and Don't be Afraid of the Dark.

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