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The heat is back on in Southern California as Los Angeles County temperatures are heading for triple-digit territories in several communities across the Southland. Temps are forecast to go even higher on Friday and for this coming weekend.
The National Weather Service said an upper-level high-pressure system currently parked over parts of the southwestern United States was to blame for the current heat.
“Very warm overnight temperatures are also expected during this heat wave, increasing the possibility of heat stress. The warmest overnight lows will be in the foothills and lower mountain areas where lows in the mid 70s to mid 80s will be common,'' according to an NWS statement.
“It is still too early to predict just how long this heat wave will last. However, the mountains and deserts will remain well above normal through Sunday and possibly into early next week.''
The San Gabriel Mountains, the Santa Monica Mountains Recreational Area and the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys will be under a heat advisory until 9am on Friday. A more serious excessive heat warning is scheduled to last until 9pm on Saturday.
“The very high temperatures will create a dangerous situation in which there is an increased threat of heat related illnesses. The extended heat wave will also bring elevated fire weather conditions through the weekend,'' the statement said.
Forecasters say residents should protect themselves and their loved ones from what will likely be some oppressive heat. People who work outside should scheduled it for early morning and evening hours, wear loose-fitting clothing, drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks.
A list of cooling centers is available online at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov or by calling 211.