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Sweltering heat continues to hold Southland in its grip
Sweltering heat continues to hold Southland in its grip

A four-day heat wave reaches its sizzling zenith Saturday, when Death Valley-like temperatures will bake Southern California, ratcheting up concerns about wildfires and turning outdoor activities into sweltering chores. The spike in temperatures comes during what is usually the beginning of the Santa Ana season, when gusting winds can dry out already desiccated vegetation and whip small fires into monsters. Saturday could see temperatures in the triple digits across the region, with some places baking under heat as high as 106 degrees. "This is not a good preview of coming attractions," said William Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La...

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