Southern California cranks up the heat, and tomorrow will be worse
By Brian Rokos
Dangerously high temperatures this week have prompted the National Weather Service to issue an excessive heat warning for much of Southern California, where heat-related illnesses are likely and the public is encouraged to limit outdoor activity.
The warning, in place through at least 10 p.m. Wednesday, covers the entire region except for the coasts, the mountains and downtown Los Angeles; those areas are under a slightly less serious heat advisory.
The Inland Empire just barely wins the heat lottery, with highs of 104-109 Monday and then 105-110 Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
The San Fernando Valley isn’t far behind, with highs of 95-105 Monday, 100-110 Tuesday and 102-107 Wednesday. The San Gabriel Valley’s temperatures will be only a degree or two lower. Inland Orange County communities are also expected to be as high as 104 degrees, while downtown L.A. could hit 103 on Tuesday.
The heat should peak Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on the region, and then a very slight cooling trend, if you can apply the word “cool” to anything this week, should begin. However, all of the non-coastal areas have the potential to reach the triple-digits for the rest of the week and into the weekend, the Weather Service predicts.
Coastal cities, meanwhile, will be spared the extreme heat, with temperatures staying in the upper 70s to mid-80s pretty consistently from Monday through Friday.
But from Riverside to Newport Beach, temperatures are expected to approach or surpass records over the next couple of days.
In the areas where excessive heat is forecast, those working or spending time outdoors, older people, children, and those unaccustomed to excessive heat will be most susceptible to illness. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstance, the Weather Service said.
People are encouraged to drink plenty of liquids […]