The calendar says fall, but Mother Nature is having the last word on that. So far, summer's still turning on the heat. In fact, Southern California saw record temperatures yesterday — Camarillo reached 104 degrees and Oxnard tied a record of 102 — and we'll likely see triple-digit temps today, forecasters say.
"Many areas will likely nudge up a few more degrees" from Sunday, with the valleys likely to experience the most draconian heat, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS predicts high temperatures of 100 for downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach, 97 for Malibu and a whopping 105 for Woodland Hills. Private forecaster AccuWeather is calling for "blazing sunshine" in Greater Los Angeles.
"A high-pressure system moving into the Intermountain West will cause Santa Ana winds to develop across Southern California," AccuWeather meteorologist and firefighter Evan Duffey said.
Those offshore winds are like pump gas for wildfires, and authorities have issued red flag fire warnings for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. "With very dry fuels already in place, extreme fire behavior and rapid growth will be likely with any fire ignition," the NWS states.
Government forecasters also have issued wind advisories for mountains and valleys. They're in effect through 3 p.m. today. They say wind speeds could reach 45 miles per hour.
Relief could be on the way, however. A low-pressure system over Baja California might even bring us a "15 percent chance of thunderstorms for Tuesday, then a slightly better threat on Wednesday" in local mountains, according to the NWS.
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Onshore flow will bring cooler temps Wednesday or Thursday, with below-normal readings possible by Saturday, federal forecasters said.
Hang in there. Fall will arrive someday.