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As temperatures heated up, some chilled out at mass meditation in L.A. park

It got a little toasty for hundreds people who turned out Saturday at the recently dedicated Los Angeles State Historic Park for a mass meditation.

Temperatures in the downtown area reached the mid-80s, according to the National Weather Service. About 2,000 people were expected to take part in the Mass Meditation Initiative, presented by DisclosureFest and California State Parks.

The free event was scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and featured internationally renowned speakers, workshop leaders, yoga teachers, sound healers and live music. The mass meditation took place at 2 p.m.

Forecasters said temperatures were in the 70s along the coast, while coastal valleys hit the mid- to upper 80s and valleys simmered in the upper 80s and 90s. The Antelope Valley saw temperatures hover in high 90s.

Higher temperatures are anticipated next week. Inland areas will see triple-digit temperatures on Monday, lasting through Wednesday, forecasters said. In some cases, they said, heat records are likely to be broken.

A dry high-pressure system centered over Arizona and the Southwest is to blame for the hot days ahead, forecasters said.

Desert and mountain communities will take most of the hit when it comes to the heat. Temperatures are expected to hover between 120 and 122 degrees early next week in the Coachella Valley and deserts in San Diego County.

Most cities in Los Angeles County will are expected to get 90-degree weather, while the desert communities in the Antelope Valley could see temperatures reach up to 110 degrees.

brittny.mejia@latimes.com

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