Heat wave pushes temperatures into 90s across most of Southland

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Strong winds blew across much of the Southland today, fanning elevated temperatures that will continue into Saturday and tempt residents under stay-at-home orders to seek out cooler environs.

A heat advisory will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday for much of the Southland, including the coastal area stretching into downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica Mountains and the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel Valleys.

Downtown Los Angeles reached 93 degrees late Friday afternoon, tying a record for the date set in 2001, according to the National Weather Service. Burbank, Pasadena and Van Nuys all reached 98 degrees Friday, while Woodland Hills hit 97 and Chatsworth and Northridge recorded temperatures of 96.

NWS forecasters said temperatures are expected to hit 95 degrees in many areas Saturday, with even the beaches reaching highs near 90.

The NWS warned residents to drink lots of fluids and seek out air conditioning, while avoiding the sun.

“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside,” according to the NWS. “When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight clothing when possible.”

Gusting winds that buffeted much of the area Friday morning died down by Friday afternoon, prompting the NWS to cancel a wind advisory that had been in effect in some mountain areas.

“Well above normal temperatures will continue into the middle of next week,” according to the NWS. “The warmest days will be (Friday) afternoon then again Tuesday afternoon. Northerly winds will continue to diminish through tonight.”

Forecasters said Saturday’s temperatures will actually be slightly lower than Friday, with more noticeable cooling on Sunday Monday, although temperatures “will still remain noticeably above seasonal normals.”

Temperatures will shoot up again on Tuesday, “with man areas in the 80s to lower 90s,” according to the NWS. A cooling trend will kick in next Wednesday through Friday.

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