L.A. heat wave to return with triple-digit temperatures this week

A woman walks under the Santa Monica pier at sunset in Santa Monica. Triple-digit temperatures are expected to hit the region by the end of the week.
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The shot of fall weather the Southland got over the weekend is expected to wear off by midweek as hot, dry conditions return once again and push temperatures 20 degrees above normal, forecasters say.

“Hot, hot and hot is about the only way to describe the extended forecast,” the National Weather Service said Monday.

The heat will intensify as a ridge of high pressure builds through the week, pushing temperatures into the triple digits in some areas by the upcoming weekend, the weather service warned.

Temperatures in the inland areas and valleys are expected to jump into the 90s on Thursday before hitting triple digits through the weekend. Coastal temperatures will hover in the lower 80s; in central Los Angeles it is expected to be in the mid- to upper 90s.


Weak Santa Ana winds of 15 to 25 mph will also crop up later in the week, forecasters warned.

The hot weather is expected to peak on Saturday, with a gradual cool down to take effect on Sunday.

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