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Slight relief from high temperatures coming this week after Southern California heat wave

Inland areas of Southern California that saw triple-digit temperatures last week will get a few days of relief, but not for long.

High temperatures were expected to stay in the mid-80s to low-90s in the Inland Empire and in the 80s for inland Orange and Los Angeles counties for most of the week, meteorologists said Monday, June 21. The marine layer was expected to stick around in coastal areas, with temperatures mostly in the 70s.

But temperatures will start to heat up again later in the week.

“By the weekend, you can add 5 to 10 degrees for all of those temperatures,” said Brandt Maxwell, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “It looks like it’ll get hot again on Saturday, especially in the Inland Empire where it could get over 100 in some places.”

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There was also a risk for thunderstorms in the Inland Empire and surrounding mountains on Wednesday, but little to no precipitation was expected. That combination increases wildfire risk, Maxwell said.

“It looks like the greatest risk will be lightning and dusty winds,” he said. “But most of the rainfall amounts will be light, which is not good because of the risk of a fire starting where it hasn’t rained, due to dry vegetation.”

There was also a chance for mild flooding this week, from Tuesday to Thursday evenings, at the low coastal areas close to the ocean. Some areas that could be affected are are Newport Beach, Sunset Beach and Long Beach, meteorologists said.

“Maybe low beach areas could see some water intrusion,” meteorologist Joe Sirard said. “Such as parking lots if they’re close to the ocean and lower areas, such as the Long Beach Harbor to Seal Beach.”

Projected high temperatures for Tuesday:

Lake Forest: 81Long Beach: 74Los Angeles: 81Pasadena: 87Riverside: 92San Bernardino: 95Santa Ana: 79Torrance: 74Van Nuys: 88Whittier: 84Redlands: 94


Source: Orange County Register

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