Visiting Southern California this weekend? Record-setting heat expected Friday

Planning a visit to Disneyland this weekend, or perhaps a trip to Universal Studios or the Southern California coast?

Get ready to experience some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Los Angeles area.

The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures across Southern California to not only soar into triple-digits Friday but to surpass 110 degrees in several locations. Forecast highs include Woodland Hills (117 degrees), Van Nuys (115), Burbank (113), Anaheim (109), Los Angeles and Long Beach (106 degrees).

In it’s daily forecast, the weather service office in Los Angeles wrote that Friday will be “one for the record books.”

“Almost all if not all of the daily records will fall today,” weather service meteorologists wrote. “It is likely that several monthly records will fall and it’s possible that one or two all-time records will be made.”

The extreme heat in Southern California is a result of “the combination of a strong ridge of high pressure aloft and offshore flow,” according to the weather service.

As of 3 a.m. Friday, the temperature at the Gaviota fire department in Santa Barbara County was 98 degrees, according to the weather service. At the same time, there were several locations with a temperature of 89 degrees or more.

The weather service has also issued a critical red flag fire warning, saying the combination of extreme heat, poor overnight humidity and gusty northerly winds will allow any potential wildfires to spread rapidly. The strongest winds are expected along the Interstate 5 corridor and Santa Ynez mountains), Santa Barbara South Coast, Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys and the Santa Monica mountains.

Extreme triple digit heat will bring potential for power outages across #Socal on Friday. Valley highs expected to soar up to 114 degrees while coastal areas near downtown LA and SBA south coast could climb to 100-105 degrees! #cawx #LAheat #LAWeather

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) July 5, 2018

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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