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Ewwwww! It’ll be hot this weekend and humid next week

By in Press Enterprise on July 7, 2017

By Brian Rokos

The sizzling heat that has fried Southern California this week will diminish by a few degrees in the next several days, but it will be offset by higher humidity, the National Weather Service said.

A surge from the Gulf of Mexico is expected, forecasters say.

“That will mean more humid air tempering the heat, but not the comfort level,” the forecast discussion said.

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The moisture will create a slight chance of thunderstorms, mainly in the mountains through Saturday. More moisture Sunday will increase the chance of thunderstorms in the deserts and far inland valleys. The chance of thunderstorms in Southern California will then decrease.

The thunderstorms would elevate the chance of lightning strikes and brush fires.

The U.S. Forest Service on Friday responded to at least one lightning-caused fire south of Big Bear Lake. A single tree had been hit and a 20-foot-by-40-foot patch of ground had caught fire.

An excessive heat warning is in effect for the Inland Empire through 9 p.m. Saturday, and a heat advisory has been issued for much of Los Angeles County in the same time period.

A heat warning means that a prolonged period […]    

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