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Another hot Southern California day, but temporary relief is on the way

LOS ANGELES — More unseasonably warm weather is in the forecast for the Los Angeles region Friday — particularly in inland areas, with temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley, and elevated fire danger through Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

But the high temperatures are expected to ease over the weekend after a two-day stay in Southern California.

The NWS said humidity levels will range between 8% and 15% Friday, with north-northeast wind gusts of 35 mph — creating an increased potential for brush fires, especially for mountain areas, wind-prone valleys and coastal areas.

“A ridge of high pressure setting up over California will strengthen through Friday,” the NWS said. “That ridge will result in well-above-average temperatures west of the mountains and High Desert through Friday, and through Saturday in the low deserts.”

The forecast called for sunny skies and high temperatures between 90 and 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley, followed by highs in the 80s on Saturday.

High in the 90s are also predicted for the San Gabriel, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys as well as Orange County inland areas.

Friday will produce the second straight day of higher-than-normal temperatures.

“Our climate site in Sandberg broke its record high today (Thursday) by reaching 86 degrees, beating the original of 85 in 2015,” the NWS tweeted. “Woodland Hills came super close to record, but was shy one degree. The heat will continue (Friday) before a nice break this weekend.”

By Saturday, the temperatures are expected to range between the 70s and 80s in most areas.

Then more high temperatures are expected to return.

“A developing trough over the Great Basin will further increase the onshore flow and a build the marine layer this weekend for more widespread and noticeable cooling, along with night and morning low clouds and patchy fog,” the weather service said.

“Westerly winds will become strong and gusty over the mountains and deserts by late Saturday and continue through Sunday. A warming trend will begin on Monday and continue much of the coming week as high pressure rebuilds over the Southwest.”

Source: Orange County Register

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