Environment & Science

Near-record heat wave expected to hit inland Southern California this weekend

A child cools off while playing in the water fountains at California Plaza on September 5, 2013, during a heat wave in downtown Los Angeles.
A child cools off while playing in the water fountains at California Plaza on September 5, 2013, during a heat wave in downtown Los Angeles.
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Get your beach gear ready!

Temperatures in inland areas of Southern California are expected to start climbing Friday, reaching the triple digits in many areas on Monday, due to an incoming high pressure system and weak offshore winds, according to the National Weather Service.

Along the coast, however, conditions are expected to remain relatively mild, with temperatures reaching only into the mid-80s.

On Monday, the forecast calls for temperatures to reach 102 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, 100 degrees in Long Beach and 106 degrees in Pasadena, the weather service's Stuart Seto told KPCC.

Inland areas are expected to cool down after Monday, he said.

The heat wave could get close to the worst that Angelenos have experienced for this time of year. The record high temperature for the same dates was recorded in 1973, when they reached 106 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and 108 in Long Beach.

The high temperatures could also raise concerns about wildfires.  

“Even though, at this point, we don’t have any red-flag statements out, it’ll probably elevate our fire-weather concerns next week," Seto said. 

Until then, he advised SoCal residents to avoid physical activity during peak heat times, drink lots of water and watch out for their pets.