Dog Days Heat Wave Is Coming Your Way
Kids are back in school at some campuses and — did you feel it? — there was a hint of fall in the night air.
That last part must have been your imagination, because the dog days of summer will be barking like sore feet this week.
The National Weather Service is predicting that temperatures could rise as much as 10 degrees above normal in Greater Los Angeles starting tomorrow. And normal in August (the mid-80s) is hot.
We're talking about triple-digit temps in the valleys and heat in the 90s downtown, says NWS weather specialist Stuart Seto. Even so, we won't be setting records. We'll just be setting your board shorts on fire.
The fun starts to happen today with a five-degrees-above-normal rise in temps, Seto says. But the real heat will happen Thursday through Sunday as a high-pressure system settles over the region.
"This is all just a big high-pressure system pushing in," he tells us.
Unlike other events where a high pushes from east to west, however, we won't see offshore winds. The ocean breezes will be there. A little.
The beaches will provide some solace. They'll only be in the 80s, Seto says. Not much in the form of surf is expected (1 to 3 feet), but the water temps will be cool enough (in the high 60s) to refresh.
The valleys will be scorching. Woodland Hills, our perennial heat spot, could reach 104, he said. Nighttime will offer some cooling. Lows are expected to get down into the 70s in most areas.
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"You're not going to get much relief" at night, Seto says.
You can always hold on and wait for Monday, he says, when things will cool off "a degree or two."
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