High heat anticipated through Friday for much of Southern California – Press-Enterprise

Temperatures will be sizzling in Southern California on Wednesday and Thursday, with some possible record breakers, meteorologists said Tuesday.

Temperatures those days are expected to be in the triple digits in most areas of the Inland Empire and inland areas of Los Angeles and Orange counties. On Friday, temperatures will start to slowly drop a few digits but it will still be warmer than usual, meteorologists with the National Weather Service said.

“Southern California is a pretty warm place still in early fall,” meteorologist Brandt Maxwell said. “But the heat (on Wednesday) will be about 10 to 20 degrees above normal.”

With the heat forecasts came warnings of the increased danger of wildfires in the region. A Red Flag fire warning was in place for Inland areas through Tuesday afternoon.

While the heat and dry vegetation will elevate fire risk, a positive was that winds were not expected to be significant this week, Maxwell said.

Most places in the Inland Empire will be in the triple digits, with Riverside expected to reach 106 degrees and San Bernardino 105 degrees on Wednesday. Thursday will be about the same, but possibly a degree or two cooler, Maxwell said.

Inland Orange and Los Angeles counties will also be at 100 degrees or slightly above, with beaches expected to be in the mid-to-high 80s on Wednesday and Thursday. Valley areas will be particularly hot, with the San Fernando Valley expected to hit 101 degrees on Wednesday.

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A heat advisory was in effect through Friday evening for the Santa Monica Mountains, San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, the Inland Empire and San Diego county valleys.

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,” the NWS said in its advisory.

The heat will likely reach a few daily record temperatures for the inland areas, meteorologists said.

As temperatures start to drop by a few digits Friday, that trend was expected to continue into next week, Maxwell said. Temperatures will be closer to normal.

“There is some hope for those who don’t like the heat,” he said, “the second half of next week could be a little bit cooler.”



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