Records Fall as High Heat Envelopes Southern California

10 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dry heat bakes the South Bay, but rain expected by midweek.

As the rest of the country snuggled beneath blankets watching the fall colors change in chilly weather, Southern Californians endured the dry, hot Santa Ana conditions that are all part of October in Los Angeles.The Southland’s latest heat wave peaked Friday, generating record-breaking triple-digit temperatures in several communities, while high surf slammed the coast, producing perilous rip currents expected to last through much of the weekend.A National Weather Service heat advisory for coastal areas and the valleys is scheduled to remain in effect from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. as offshore flow and building high pressure usher in high temperatures of 87 to 92 degrees at the beaches, 96 to 101 degrees inland and 99 to 104 degrees in the valleys. “Today will likely be the hottest day of the week.

Temperatures that peaked with highs of 104 in Long Beach on Friday will begin to gradually cool down on Saturday — and again on Sunday — as the weather patterns shift to bring possibly some rain (and even below-normal temperatures) by midweek, according to a meteorologist with the U.S. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health declared a heat alert for the Los Angeles basin, Pomona and the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. They are advised to stay well-hydrated, avoid working in the sun, check on neighbors and relatives — especially the elderly — and provide plenty of water to pets and livestock. Along the coast, meanwhile, “a moderately long-period swell will bring dangerous rip currents and increased wave activity at area beaches this weekend,” an NWS statement said. “If you get caught in a rip current, try to conserve your energy and not swim against the current.

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