Sweltering Heat Keeps the Southland Baking

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Southland heat wave continued Saturday, with temperatures topping 90 degrees in many parts of Los Angeles County and surpassing 100 in the Antelope Valley.

“High pressure will bring very warm and dry weather to interior areas, peaking today (Friday) and Saturday,” according to the National Weather Service. “A few record high temperatures will be possible. Coastal areas will be much cooler with continued night through morning low clouds and fog. A cooling trend will start Sunday but another heat wave is expected by the middle of next week.”

The highs were expected to fall a couple degrees Sunday and again Monday before warming up to potentially dangerous levels again Wednesday and Thursday.

“With a slight increase in onshore flow on Saturday expect a couple of degrees of cooling in the coastal and nearby valley areas with a repeat of overnight and early morning stratus south of Point Conception while interior areas warm a couple of degrees,” the NWS said.

On Sunday, a deepening marine layer promises to mitigate the heat a bit more, with highs still above normal but only by about 5 degrees or so, according to the NWS. Monday, temperatures are expected to be closer to normal.

The first signs of excessive heat showed up Thursday, delivering a 100- degree afternoon reading in Acton, along with 97 in Woodland Hills, 96 in Chatsworth and Saugus, 94 in Van Nuys and 91 in Pasadena.

Excessive heat warnings and heat advisories kicked in Friday morning and will remain through Saturday night.

Heat advisories were also in place through 8 p.m. Saturday in the Santa Monica Mountains and San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys.

Temperatures reached 102 degrees in Lancaster on Saturday and 101 in nearby Palmdale. The high in downtown Los Angeles reached 82, while Burbank saw a high of 90 and it was 88 in Pasadena.

An additional heat advisory will be in place for the Los Angeles County Mountains through 10 p.m. Saturday, with temperatures up to 100 expected, mainly at lower elevations.

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.

“Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities,” according to the NWS.

“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.”

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