Torrid Heat Again Expected in L.A. County Valleys

heat wave hits L.A. again

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A hot spell again will send valley temperatures in L.A. County into the 90s and 100s today -- the first day of summer.

 With temperatures running 8-12 degrees above normal, the hot spell -- not quite a heat wave, forecasters said -- results from a strong upper-level ridge. It began Wednesday.

 The National Weather Service forecast partly cloudy skies in L.A. County today and highs of 69 degrees in Avalon; 71 at LAX; 73 in Long Beach; 78 in Downtown L.A.; 83 in San Gabriel; 84 in Burbank; 86 in Pasadena; 87 on Mount Wilson; 92 in Woodland Hills; 96 in Saugus; and 103 in Palmdale and Lancaster. A slight cooling trend will start Sunday.

 In Orange County, partly cloudy skies were forecast along the coast while sunny skies were expected inland, along with highs of 67 in San Clemente; 70 in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach; 78 in Anaheim and Irvine; 80 in Fullerton and Mission Viejo; and 83 in Yorba Linda.

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