Unseasonably hot weather brings warning of fire danger to Southern California

The red flag warning for Oct. 2.
The red flag warning for Oct. 2.
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Another day of unseasonably hot weather with triple-digit temperatures is expected in some parts of the Southland Tuesday. The heat also brings an increased threat of wildfires.

There is a red flag warning – meaning a high risk of wildfire - for the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriel mountains. The warning also covers the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County and the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County.

Gusty winds and low humidity, along with temperatures in the 90s and 100s, create dangerous fire weather.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said the high temperatures should ease a bit in coming days, though not as quickly as some people might prefer.

Monday was the hottest day, Tuesday will be only slightly cooler, and by Wednesday, the cool sea breeze will be back.

The NWS forecasts highs Tuesday of 100 in San Gabriel; 102 in Burbank; 103 in Pasadena and Saugus; and 105 in Woodland Hills.

NWS specialist Bonnie Bartling said those temperatures should fall into the 90s Wednesday.

“We’ll be kicking off a cooling trend, and probably be in the low 80s by the end of the weekend,” said Bartling.

Until the weather cools, Forecasters recommend people follow some simple tips:

-- Wear loose, light-weight, light-colored clothing;
-- Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids;
-- Avoid strenuous activity in the heat;
-- Never leave people or pets in parked vehicles, even with windows open.

Authorities are taking the last one seriously: A mother is in jail after her crying baby was rescued from a parked car as temperatures soared into the 100s.

The woman had rolled up the windows and left the air conditioner running on her blue Nissan while she went into a North Hollywood supermarket on Monday.

A passer-by called police, who said the air conditioner wasn't cooling the car's interior. The woman was arrested and booked for investigation of felony child endangerment.

The 1-year-old girl is in good condition at a hospital, a fire department spokesman said.

Bartling said this is probably not the last heat wave in the Southland this year. With October come the Santa Ana winds.

"There could be times when it heats up for - it's usually two or three days," she says. "Then, poof! it'll be gone again."