Los Angeles Times

A hot weekend is in the forecast

- By Nicole Kagan

Temperatur­es are on the rise in Los Angeles County, with triple-digit heat forecast in some areas this weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

“The odds are favoring above-normal temperatur­es for up to two weeks,” said Robbie Munroe, a weather service meteorolog­ist. “So we might not see a whole lot of relief anytime soon.”

This weekend, the Orange and Ventura county areas will have temperatur­es in the high 70s and low 80s, weather service meteorolog­ist Eric Boldt said.

He expects the Anaheim and Riverside county areas to see temperatur­es around the low 90s, with the hottest conditions predicted in the San Bernardino Mountains, above 100 degrees.

Munroe said the heat will be more noticeable for those who live farther inland. He predicts the valleys, mountains and deserts will see the brunt of the heat at least through this weekend while the coastal areas will remain a bit cooler.

“The warmest temperatur­es will likely be over in the Antelope Valley,” Munroe said. “Getting into the 103- to 105-degree range, which is potentiall­y the peak of the heat.”

The forecast is typical for this time of year, and the weather service has not yet issued an excessive heat warning. But forecaster­s urge those in L.A. County to stay “weather aware.”

They say residents can expect to feel a slight difference in heat as early as Wednesday, when the UV index will be 11, meaning the risk of sunburn and sun damage is extreme. Those planning to spend extended periods of time outdoors should prepare and keep an eye on the forecast.

“If you can, avoid being outside during the peak heating hours of the day, like late morning through the afternoon,” Munroe said. “If you have to work or play outside, try to find shade, hydrate and take breaks.”

The weather service also expects to see monsoon moisture moving into L.A. County, which will mean increased humidity, making it seem even warmer than it is. However, the moisture can also put a lid on the high temperatur­es and lessen the threat of wildfires.

“Obviously we need some rainfall,” Munroe said. “If we’re talking weeks upon weeks of well above normal temperatur­es, that will have a large impact on the drought. It’ll be really important to see how we do this upcoming wet season.”

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