SoCal gears up for triple-digit heat to kick off summer

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Summer's making quite the entrance this year.

The new season officially starts on Monday, and record high temperatures are predicted throughout the region.

“Monday’s going to be super hot, so we have an excessive heat watch,” Joe Sirard, National Weather Service meteorologist, told KPCC.

Saturday temps will remain in the upper 80s in downtown Los Angeles but could range from the mid-80s to mid-90s in the valleys, Sirard said. Sunday will heat up a little bit more with the potential for triple digits in the valleys and the 90s for inland areas and downtown.

Sirard said the wave of warmth is expected to culminate Monday with temperatures 20 to 25 degrees above normal in the valley, ranging from 104 to 110. Inland areas will be about 19 degrees above normal, ranging from 94 degrees to 104 degrees, and beachgoers can expect temps from the mid-80s into the 90s.

Sirard said some places will likely see record temperatures.

This heat wave is the result of a strong upper-level, high-pressure weather system that Sirard said suppresses the typical marine layer. 

“It’s going to stay hot above normal temperatures for even the next several days after Monday,” Sirard said. 

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power asks that customers are smart about staying cool in order to conserve energy. Here are some of the habits the LADWP recommends exercising during extreme heat: 

  • Effective energy saving hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights 
  • Adjust your water heater to 120 degrees and your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher
  • Use major appliances like washing machines and dishwashers either early in the morning or late at night
  • Turn off your pool pump

The CDC also recommends ways to stay healthy during extreme heat. Some simple tips include staying hydrated with non-alcoholic drinks, staying in air-conditioned settings and wearing plenty of sunscreen. You can also stay cool at L.A. County cooling centers, Riverside County cooling centers, Long Beach cooling centers, San Bernardino cooling centers and Irvine cooling centers.

Hot weather is a looming reality for firefighters working to contain the Sherpa Fire that continues to burn north of Santa Barbara. The fire more than doubled in acreage overnight, and was only at 5 percent containment as of Friday morning.

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