Southern California Expected to Cool Down After Heat Wave

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Temperatures are expected to drop Wednesday in Los Angeles and Orange County after a heat wave baked Southern California in triple digits for days.

It is expected to be in the 70s at the coast and into the 80s near downtown Los Angeles. Temperatures could reach the 90s in the valleys and northern part of Los Angeles County.

A heat advisory was in effect in the Los Angeles and Santa Monica mountains until 8 p.m. Tuesday affecting the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys.

Temperatures dropped off slightly on Tuesday — roughly by 3 to 6 degrees — but it was still around 100 in some areas.

“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.”

In Orange County, heat advisories were in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday for inland areas, including Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Orange, Fullerton and Mission Viejo, where temperatures could reach 97 degrees, according to the NWS.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s near the coast and in the 80s inland.

“The heat will be a distant memory by the weekend as the trough and deepening marine layer will support near-normal temperatures,” according to the NWS. “Gusty winds will gradually return to interior areas.”

Forecasters said some areas will see a 20-degree drop in temperature between Wednesday and Thursday, with highs returning mostly to the 70s and 80s, except for traditionally warmer valley and interior areas. They noted that conditions will remain very dry, keeping the fire danger high even without gusty winds in the forecast.

“A low pressure system will move into the area on Wednesday, bringing southwest flow aloft and gradually cooling temperatures,” forecasters said. “Overnight low clouds will continue to affect coastal areas through Wednesday, and may extend to some coastal valleys as well.”

As usual during heat waves, forecasters urged people to drink plenty of fluids, seek out air conditioned spaces and check in on vulnerable relatives and neighbors.

“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.”

A list of cooling centers in Los Angeles County can be found at https://ready.lacounty.gov/heat/. Information about cooling centers in the city of Los Angeles can be found by calling 311.

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