Temperatures could reach triple digits over the weekend for much of Southern California but likely won't break any records, forecasters say.
Sweltering heat will be felt throughout most of Southern California from Friday through Sunday as temperatures climb from the 90s to low 100s, according to the National Weather Service. Cooler temperatures along the beaches will offer some relief.
"That's the place to go this weekend if you want to cool off," said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
Temperatures will be 15 degrees above average for this time of year, but 10 degrees below record levels for Los Angeles and Ventura counties, he said.
Daytime temperatures will be hot and are not expected to significantly cool down at night, Seto said.
Although the heat isn't expected to break any records, it won't feel that way. In the Antelope Valley, temperatures could soar up to 105 degrees each day.
The extreme heat is the result of an upper-level, high-pressure system, generating dangerous fire conditions for the valleys, mountains and deserts. The system will bring hot temperatures, single-digit humidity and gusty onshore winds to Southern California.
Wind gusts could reach 45 mph along Highway 14 from the Santa Clarita Valley to the Antelope Valley.
On Thursday, temperatures quickly rose and "were flirting with record highs," the weather service said. At 1 p.m., Palm Springs reached 112 degrees, just shy of the record of 114. Thermal hit 113, a degree below the record. Borrego was at 110, falling short of the 112 record.
Warm and dry conditions Thursday plagued the San Bernardino National Forest, where firefighters battled a fast-moving, 7,500-acre fire.
Temperatures were expected to skyrocket in the lower deserts, where a heat advisory remains in effect.
Because Southern California will face consecutive days of heat and dry conditions, forecasters urged people to drink plenty of water, wear loose-fitting clothes and protect seniors, children and pets from the sun.
"When it's hot and dry like that, it tends to wear on you more," Seto said.