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Southern California communities to swelter on scorching hot Tuesday

Drink plenty of water and stay in a cool place, preferably with an air conditioner, on Tuesday, June 15, which weather experts predict will the hottest day this week in many Southern California communities.

“This is not typical for this time of year,” said Philip Gonsalves, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

He said typical temperatures this time of year are much lower, depending on where you are.

Weather experts believe records will be broken Tuesday. The record of 95 degrees set in 2018 for Anaheim will probably be replaced, Gonsalves said, adding that the forecast for Anaheim on Tuesday is  98 degrees.

The current record for Palm Springs is 116 degrees which was set on June 15, 1961, and Palm Springs is expected to see 120-degree weather on Tuesday, Gonsalves said.

The forecast is 106 degrees for Palmdale, which has a current record of 105 degrees set in 1966, said Rich Thompson, also a National Weather Service meteorologist.



But Gonsalves doubted the record will be broken in Riverside which is expected to reach 106 degrees on Tuesday. He pointed out that the current record is 114 degrees which was reached on June 15, 1917.

“I believe that record will stand for awhile,” he said.

The current heat wave is tied to a high-pressure system centered where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah meet, Gonsalves said. He said it will intensify the next several days and shift toward Southern California.

“It will dominate our weather for the rest of the week,” Gonsalves said.

On Tuesday, Thompson said downtown Los Angeles will see temperatures in the low to mid 90s while the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys will reach temperatures ranging from 100 to 108.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning from Tuesday morning to Wednesday night for the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, the Antelope Valley and the mountains, according to Thompson. He said there is an excessive heat watch for coastal areas in Los Angeles County for Tuesday and Wednesday.

He said it will still be warm Thursday and Friday, but a bit cooler.

There is also an excessive heat watch for the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys from Wednesday night to Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

A warning means weather experts have a high confidence a particular weather event will occur, Thompson said. A watch means the potential is there but they are less confident the weather event will occur.

There is an excessive heat warning from Tuesday morning to Saturday morning for the Inland Empire, where high temperatures could reach 100 to 110 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. During the same time period, it will be hotter in Apple Valley, Lucerne Valley, Victorville and Hesperia where the temperatures are expected to hit between 105 to 115 degrees.

There is an excessive heat watch for inland Orange County cities such as Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange and Fullerton from Tuesday morning to Friday night, Gonsalves said. He added that the coastal communities in Orange County will see temperatures in the upper 70s to 80s on Tuesday. Temperatures in the coastal areas will be in the mid to upper 70s for the rest of the week.

When temperatures are expected to reach at least 100 degrees, the Redlands Community Senior Center, 111 W. Lugonia Ave., and the Joslyn Senior Center, 21 Grant St., will open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday as cooling centers, according to a city statement.

Fontana will have two cooling centers for those seeking respite from 100-degree or higher heat: the Fontana Community Senior Center at 16710 Ceres Ave. and Heritage Neighborhood Center at 7350 W. Liberty Pkwy. The cooling centers will be open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Times may vary depending upon the temperature.

Another center will open in Glendale at the Pacific Community Center,  501 S. Pacific Ave.

Residents in San Bernardino County can call 211 or check for a cooling center near them.

To find a cooling center in Los Angeles County, call 211 or go to

Riverside County residents can check for cooling centers.

The city of Riverside has cooling centers open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week: Arlanza Community Center / Bryant Park at 7950 Philbin Ave.; César Chávez Community Center/Bobby Bonds Park at 2060 University Ave.; Dales Senior Center (Seniors Only) at 3936 Chestnut St.; Janet Goeske Senior Center (Seniors Only) at 5257 Sierra St.; La Sierra Community Center at 5215 La Sierra Ave.; La Sierra Senior Center (Seniors Only) at 5215 La Sierra Ave., Bldg. B; Stratton Center/Bordwell Park at 2008 Martin Luther King Blvd. and Ysmael Villegas Community Center at 3091 Esperanza St.

Forecasted high temperatures for Tuesday:

Dana Point: 85Fullerton: 98Long Beach: 89Downtown Los Angeles: 96Pasadena: 102Van Nuys: 102San Bernardino: 109Torrance: 89Redlands: 108Riverside: 106Whittier: 98

Source: National Weather Service


Source: Orange County Register

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