The Southland will bake in torrid heat for the third straight day today on the eve of a cooling trend that will send temperatures plummeting and take the region back to where it’s been most of the summer — below normal.
Triple digit temperatures were common Wednesday across the valleys and foothills, and similar conditions are likely today, when much of the Southland will find itself 10 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service. Highs of 106 are forecast in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.
“Temperatures will begin to cool Friday, then they will fall sharply Saturday and by Sunday temperatures will likely be five degrees below normal…,” the NWS said in an advisory.
Together with one more day of sizzling heat, the region will experience heavy surf and dangerous rip currents today as a result of a long-period swell originating in the southern hemisphere, according to the weather service.
The NWS forecast highs today of 77 in Newport Beach; 79 in Avalon; 80 at LAX; 94 in Long Beach, Downtown L.A and on Mount Wilson; 98 in Anaheim; 99 in Burbank and San Gabriel; 101 in Pasadena, Palmdale and Lancaster; and 106 in Woodland Hills and Newhall.
By Saturday, temperature highs will be 20 degrees lower than today in some communities. In the meantime, the weather service urged area residents to avoid outdoor activity and reminded motorists never to leave people or pets in enclosed vehicles during the daytime heat, even with windows cracked open.