Amid heat wave, Cal State Long Beach art students plead for air conditioning

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On days that Kae Hernandez takes ceramics classes at Cal State Long Beach, the 21-year-old carries a spare change of clothes. Hernandez packs an ice chest with water bottles in the car.

All this to contend with the stifling heat in Hernandez’s classroom, where temperatures can reach into the 90s on hot days.

It’s a phenomenon that’s become increasingly common, as Southern California struggles through bouts of extreme heat, including a record-breaking heat wave earlier this month.

“During the heat wave, each classroom was hotter than it was outside,” Hernandez said, adding they experience nausea and fatigue because of the heat. “I dread coming to class sometimes.”

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