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Triple-digit heat hitting some Southern California communities

LOS ANGELES — Two LA County Valleys again will swelter in triple-digit highs Thursday, and the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the region.

Encino is forecast to hit 103 degrees and Palmdale and Lancaster 101.

National Weather Service forecasters say that the weather LA County is experiencing this week is fairly typical August weather and not a heat wave, even though temperatures are above normal.

The NWS Thursday morning issued a heat advisory that will be in effect from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys as well as the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains.

Graphic courtesy of the National Weather Service

“There is an increased risk for heat related illnesses to sensitive populations like the very young, the very old, those without air conditioning, and outdoor workers,” warned an NWS statement. “Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses to occur.

“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors,” it said, adding that children, seniors and pets “should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances” because car interiors can rapidly become lethally hot.

The weather service forecast sunny skies in LA County Thursday and highs of 78 in San Pedro; 79 degrees at LAX; 80 in Avalon, Torrance and Hawthorne; 82 in Long Beach; 86 on Mount Wilson; 88 in downtown LA; 94 in San Gabriel; 96 in Burbank and North Hollywood; 97 in Sherman Oaks and Glendale; 98 in Agoura Hills, Pasadena, Pacoima, Sylmar, Studio City, Van Nuys, Whittier, Covina and West Covina; 99 in Santa Clarita; 100 in Granada Hills, North Hills and Panorama City; 101 in Northridge, Winnetka, Palmdale and Lancaster; 102 in Calabasas, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Tarzana and Woodland Hills; and 103 in Encino.

Lancaster is forecast to reach 100 Friday but Palmdale, Encino and Woodland Hills should settle at 99.

“There will be little change in the forecast for today (Thursday) compared to yesterday, except some locations should see a degree or two of warming as high pressure aloft will persist over the southwestern states today before pushing slightly east as a weak upper trough nudges farther east and will help to bring a modest cooling trend through early next week,” said the NWS.

Orange County is also forecast to have sunny skies Thursday and highs of 78 in Newport Beach; 79 in Huntington Beach; 81 in Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 83 on Santiago Peak; 90 in Santa Ana and on Ortega Highway at 2,500 feet; 91 in Laguna Niguel and Garden Grove; 92 at Fremont Canyon and Irvine; 94 in Fullerton; 95 in Yorba Linda, Anaheim, Mission Viejo and at Trabuco Canyon.

A slight cooling trend will begin Friday.

Source: Orange County Register

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