SoCal heat wave will begin to retreat over the weekend

October 9, 2015
Women shade themselves from the sun in the Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct 2, 2014. Rising temperatures, falling humidity levels and Santa Ana winds increased fire danger in drought-stricken Southern California on Thursday, and forecasters said the fall heat wave would push temperatures well above normal from San Diego to San Francisco.  (AP Photo/ Nick Ut)

An NWS forecast indicated temperatures will drop Saturday — generally three to five degrees — and a few more degrees Sunday.

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Southland’s latest heat wave peaked today, generating triple-digit temperatures in several communities, while high surf slammed the coast, producing perilous rip currents expected to last through much of the weekend.

National Weather Service forecasters warned that the weather will create the risk of heat-related illnesses for residents of the region, especially the homeless, senior citizens, infants and people working or playing outdoors. Hot and dry conditions also created an “elevated fire danger,” according to the NWS.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health declared a heat alert for the Los Angeles basin, Pomona and the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. The alert is expected to remain in effect through at least tomorrow, although it could be extended if the hot weather persists.

By 1 p.m., the temperature in Long Beach had reached 102 degrees, tying a record for this day set in 1988, according to the weather service.

An NWS forecast indicated temperatures will drop Saturday — generally three to five degrees — and a few more degrees Sunday.

Downtown Los Angeles, with a forecast high of 99 today, is expected to revert to the 80s by Tuesday, then continue cooling down. Woodland Hills, with a high forecast to be 105 today, will return to the 90s Sunday and to the 80s Thursday.

Orange County highs today are expected to be 85 in San Clemente; 88 in Newport Beach; 91 in Laguna Beach; 97 in Irvine and Mission Viejo; 98 in Anaheim; 101 in Fullerton; and 102 in Yorba Linda.

Forecasters urged residents to protect themselves and others from the high heat. The weather service’s recommendations included drinking plenty of water, wearing light and light-colored clothing, providing shade to livestock and pets, checking on elderly friends and neighbors, and “never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle, even for a short time.”

Humidity levels today will run from the low to mid teens, but, given the expected absence of strong winds, except tonight at the Central Coast, red flag warnings are unlikely to be issued in the Southland, forecasters said.

Temperature highs on Thursday, when the heat wave began in earnest as a result of high pressure anchored over the southwestern United States, turned out to be higher than had been forecast. Burbank was the hottest spot in Los Angeles County — a distinction generally claimed by Woodland Hills — with the high at Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport reaching 102 to tie the Burbank record set on Oct. 8 1996.

Forecasters said the heat wave will begin to retreat Saturday, followed by a drop of five to 10 degrees Sunday.

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