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Temperatures expected to cool before heating up again

Southern California residents looking from a break from the sweltering summer heat don't have to wait much longer as temperatures are expected to cool down over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.

A cooling trend is expected to take place Sunday through Wednesday, as the area of high pressure that brought on a heat wave last week has broken down and will offer the area a much-needed respite, said meteorologist David Sweet.

Near the beaches, temperatures are expected to drop to the mid- to upper-70s.  Low clouds and fog may settle over some coastal communities and further cool the area, Sweet said. Downtown Los Angeles is expected to reach the lower 80s and the San Gabriel Valley may get as hot as the upper 80s.  There's a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the San Gabriel Valley, Angeles National Forest and the Antelope Valley for the next two days, Sweet said.

Late last week, some inland communities reached temperatures in the triple digits and other places felt hotter than what was indicated on the thermometer. The summer heat coupled with the humidity drove the heat index up, making some  spots feel hotter. 

Residents can expect similar conditions by the end of this week. Another area of high pressure is expected to build in Southern California and drive temperatures back up.

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