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Cinco de Mayo to kick off a hot week for Southern California

The celebration of Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday will coincide with the start of an unusually hot week for Southern California, with near record-breaking temperatures expected later in the week, weather experts said Monday, May 4.

Temperatures for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino county inland areas this week are likely to be in the 80s and 90s, with coastal areas in the 70s and 80s, according to National Weather Service meteorologists. The temperatures are expected to be roughly 15 to 25 degrees above normal, they said, depending on the area.

“Those warm temperatures are going to continue really through Thursday and then starting Friday, temperatures will start to come down a little bit,” said Casey Oswant, a meteorologist with the Weather Service’s San Diego office. “They will still stay 5 to 10 degrees above normal for Friday, but it’ll be less hot than it was on Thursday.”

Temperatures won’t start cooling down until Sunday, she said.

In recent years for Cinco de Mayo in Santa Ana, high temperatures have varied from the high 60s to 90 degrees, according to Weather Service data. This year, the high is expected to be 86 degrees with a low of 62, which is relatively similar to past years.

In Hemet, recent highs for Cinco de Mayo ranged from 67 to 95 degrees, and this year is expected to hit 95 degrees again, according to Weather Service data.

A heat advisory for inland Orange County and the Inland Empire starts Tuesday morning through Friday night, Oswant said.

Long Beach’s forecast was a high of 77 and low of 62, with Burbank projected for a high of 89 and a low of 63, according to the Weather Service.

In downtown Los Angeles, the temperatures are expected to hit record highs.

On Thursday, the forecast for downtown Los Angeles is expected to hit 97 degrees, which is the record high that occurred in 1941, said David Sweet, a meteorologist at the Weather Service’s Los Angeles office.

“Normally it would be 74 downtown,” he said. “So for downtown, the temperatures will be anywhere from 20 to 25 degrees from normal.”

People should be cautious when working outdoors during the heat, the meteorologists said.

“We always recommend people wear light-colored clothing,” Sweet said, “drink plenty of water and be careful not to lock any pets or children inside of a hot car.”

Source: Orange County Register

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