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Brief heat wave is on the way to Southern California

Enjoy the brisk weather while it lasts, if that is your thing – a heat wave is coming later this week and bringing temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s to much of Southern California.

Starting Thursday, according to the National Weather Service, the remnants of a cold front that brought cool temperatures and very light rain to some areas will give way to a ridge of high atmospheric pressure.

Clouds will move out, leading to lots of sunshine. And the high winds coming from over the ocean the last few days will slacken.

Temperatures will soar.

“A warming trend is expected mid-week with mostly sunny skies,” said Kristen Stewart, an NWS meteorologist, on Monday. “It will be very hot on Thursday and Friday.”

That would be a big upward swing from the start of the week: On Monday, winds kept things cool across much of the area, with highs staying in the mid- to upper-60s range. By Wednesday, residents can expect temperatures warming up by 10 or even 20 degrees.



On Thursday, Inland Orange County could feel highs of 86, while Pasadena, San Gabriel and Whittier could hit 89. In the Inland Empire, temperatures were expected to breach 90 degrees.

The heat wave could be brief. Once the high-pressure ridge collapses after this week, forecasters said, another cooling period should return.

Thursday’s forecasted high temperatures:

  • Woodland Hills: 89
  • Torrance: 79
  • Long Beach: 81
  • Pasadena: 89
  • San Gabriel: 89
  • Whittier: 89
  • Santa Ana: 86
  • Ontario: 91
  • San Bernardino: 95
  • Redlands: 93
  • Riverside: 93
  • Dana Point: 80

Source: National Weather Service


Source: Orange County Register

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