Environment & Science

Get out your sunscreen — a SoCal heat wave is on the way

File: A hot day with people on the beach in Santa Monica.
File: A hot day with people on the beach in Santa Monica.
Photograph by Peter C (aka pchiu) via Flickr Creative Commons

Southern Californians might want to start stocking up on sunscreen as summer approaches, with heat waves and high swells becoming increasingly consistent.

As beach waves rise, so will the heat in the inland and valley areas. Forecasted temperatures will peak over the weekend, with Sunday being the hottest with triple-digit numbers. Tuesday afternoon will usher in milder conditions, National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Sukup told KPCC.

Some regions of the Southland are on alert for dangerous fire weather conditions, which prompted the service to issue a Red Flag Warning for areas up in the mountains and the Antelope Valley — wind advisories will also be in effect through Saturday morning further north. 

The National Weather Service issued a beach hazard warning for elevated surf and powerful rip currents Thursday, Sukup said. Surf is expected to build with a south swell that will produce 5- to 8-foot waves Friday morning through Saturday afternoon, he said. 

“It’ll produce dangerous rip currents and the larger waves can definitely hurt you if you get caught in one of the larger waves and flipped over," Sukup said. "It’s important to use caution and swim near a lifeguard — or stay out of the water completely if the waves are too big.”