A heat wave will wash over the Southland this week, although temperatures in Santa Monica will be milder.
The hottest conditions will prevail between Thursday and Sunday, with temperatures up to 10 degrees above normal in inland areas, the National Weather Service monitoring office in Oxnard said in a statement posted on its website.
Maximum temperatures will range from 85 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit in coastal and inland areas while highs of between 100 and 105 hit the valleys, it said. Overall temperatures will remain above normal Monday, the statement said.
In Santa Monica, the forecast is for a high of 77 Thursday through Sunday, and 76 on Monday.
NWS forecasters attributed the expected warming trend to high pressure over Texas, now strengthening and expanding westward.
“The hot conditions may result in an increase in heat-related illnesses, especially to the homeless, elderly, infants, outdoor workers, and those participating in outdoor activities,” the statement said.
“The extended period of hot and dry conditions will also bring elevated fire danger,” it said, but there were no immediate forecasts of Santa Ana winds.
A 7-day forecast indicated temperature highs would climb from 81 today to 91 Thursday in downtown L.A. and from 91 today to 102 Thursday in Woodland Hills. The Antelope Valley will be at that level as well even though temperatures there are often higher than in the rest of the region.