LA's cool summer may finally turn hot

LOS ANGELES - Southern California may finally get a summer heat wave after weeks of unusually cool and gray weather.

The National Weather Service said Friday that inland areas will heat up from Sunday through the middle of next week, reaching triple-digit temperatures in parts of the mountains, deserts and interior valleys.

Forecasters warn that the extended period of hot and dry conditions will likely heighten concern about fires, and the officials plan to raise the danger level for the Angeles National Forest to "very high" on Sunday. The forest sprawls across a thousand-square miles north of Los Angeles and its eastern foothill suburbs.

Southern California has been plagued by fog, low clouds and chilly sea breezes for 2½ months. Meteorologists say July was one of the coolest on record for the region.

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