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Mini-heat wave hits SoCal just in time for the weekend

File: Canary Island palms tower above the city as the sun sets on the popular 20th century symbols of Southern California on Oct. 19, 2006 in Los Angeles.
File: Canary Island palms tower above the city as the sun sets on the popular 20th century symbols of Southern California on Oct. 19, 2006 in Los Angeles.
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A mini-heat wave is on its way to Southern California just in time for the weekend. 

Though the area already started to see warm temperatures Friday, Saturday will be the hottest day, the National Weather Service's Curt Kaplan told KPCC. Expect temperatures to spike in the mid-90s across the Valley and 80s in the L.A. Basin, banishing the "May Gray" Angelenos have been seeing. 

"This is kind of an unusual situation where this time of year normally we would be getting that low clouds that would move inland over the coast and into the valleys and the burn-off later in the late morning or afternoon hours," Kaplan said.

Woodland Hills will be the hottest in the San Fernando Valley, where temperatures could reach around 95 degrees — 79 degrees is normal for this time of year. 

Though this weather is unusual, summer isn't here just yet. The region will start to significantly cool down by early next week. 

Temperatures aren't expected to reach triple digits, but Kaplan recommends drinking lots of water and performing any physical activity early in the morning or late at night.