A heat wave that will grip Los Angeles through Friday with temperatures soaring to mid-90s inland and triple digits in valleys will barely phase Belmont Shore, Naples and other coastal areas that are enjoying mid-70s temps.
On Friday, the mercury may skyrocket in the Shore to ..... 85. Tuesday morning it was expected to hit 71 degrees by 11 a.m. in the 90803. Relative humidity, however, will be high, perhaps 84% at peak midday, so it may feel hotter than it is, WeatherBug reports.
A strong high pressure system combined with a weak onshore flow is pushing daytime temperatures well above average, according to the National Weather Service.
"Heat is the name of the game," Weather Service forecasters said, referring to a national "wave" of withering temps, including inland spots in SoCal.
The warmest locations are forecast to be the western San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and Antelope Valley, where highs between 105 and 110 degrees are expected. , and temperatures in Burbank may reach 99 degrees Tuesday when 88 would have been normal, said Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan.
Fortunately, temperatures for the remainder of the week will be cooler for the beaches, mostly in the upper 70s and low 80s. Patchy dense fog is possible at times late at night and early in the morning. A high of 85 degrees is forecast Friday in Long Beach, only near 80 degrees in Marina del Rey, but 98 degrees in Pacific Palisades.
A heat watch is in effect for most of the Los Angeles area Wednesday through Friday, but the heat could linger through Saturday, according to the Weather Service. But beginning Wednesday, that air mass will be accompanied by monsoonal moisture, creating humidity levels that will make temperatures feel even warmer than what the thermometer says.
"Very little relief is expected this week," the Weather Service said in a special weather statement. "By later in the week, humidities will be increasing as moisture moves in from the Southeast."
Forecasters advised to stay hydrated, out of the sun and in an air-conditioned facility.
— City News Service contributed to this report.
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