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Downtown L.A. could hit 90 degrees today, cool down by weekend

Downtown L.A. could hit 90 degrees today

Weather forecasters are predicting Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week with temperatures reaching into the 90s in parts of Southern California.

“Today will indeed be the warmest. We don’t have to worry about the winds anymore,” said National Weather Service meteorologist David Sweet.

Though temperatures will hover comfortably in the 70s and 80s near the coast, the heat inland will be far above normal for this time of year, forecasters say.

Downtown Los Angeles could hit 90 degrees and Burbank could reach 91, Sweet said. Riverside Airport is expected to reach 95, just three degrees shy of the day’s record.

At San Diego International Airport, the temperature is expected to peak at 81, or 13 degrees above average for this day, forecasters said.

The heat will continue to bake parched valleys and foothills that have endured years of drought. On Tuesday, Los Angeles firefighters quickly extinguished a two-acre grass fire before it could grow out of control.

Earlier in the week, Santa Ana winds turned a spark from a power tool into a fast-moving wildfire that burned 40 acres and threatened homes in Granada Hills before crews were able to get it under control.

By the weekend, conditions should improve, forecasters said. Winds are expected to shift and push moist, cooler air inland to resupply much-needed moisture to the region and temperatures should be back into the 70s, Sweet said.

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