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Heat Advisory: It’s Hot, Hot, Hot (And Yes, It’s Only April)

A large number of people on the beach and in the ocean. There are people of a variety of skin colors. The beach includes a large number of umbrellas people are using for shade. There are some buildings seen in the background, along with brown and green hills with some foliage.
L.A. County beaches could get crowded during this week's heat wave.
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Put away the hoodie and crank up the AC. For the next few days, it’ll get super hot and sweaty, with a heat advisory issued from 11 a.m. today through 6 p.m. Friday.

National Weather Service meteorologist David Sweet says the forecast has temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees in some places, including Burbank.

Downtown L.A. is expected to be in the upper 80s to mid-90s today. But on Thursday and Friday, the heat will rise between the mid-90s to 100 degrees.

"These are near-record temperatures," Sweet said. "We think that the records have a slightly better chance of being broken on Friday because the existing records aren't quite as high."

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The sizzle will also hit the beaches, where temperatures could reach the mid-80s to mid-90s for the next few days. Orange County won't be spared either — a heat advisory will affect the area, with the highest temperatures expected in the inland areas.

But aside from the heat, L.A. County residents will need to watch out for the wind and possible fire dangers.

Wind advisories are in effect throughout the San Fernando Valley and mountain ranges. Gusts could reach between 35 to 40 miles an hour, says Sweet.

"So yeah, this heat, this wind — there is elevated fire danger," he said.

Sweet recommends drinking plenty of water and, if you can, spending your time in an air-conditioned room. By Saturday, the heat should start dropping to the mid-80s, and Sunday, temperatures will drop down to the mid-70s.

The city of Los Angeles also advises staying in the shade or in air conditioning, as well as: .

  • If you don’t have access to AC, head to a library, recreation facility, senior center or other public air-conditioned building. 
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Check on relatives and neighbors, especially those sensitive to heat 
  • Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outdoors. 
  • When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. 
  • To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. 
  • Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911.  
  • Non-emergency information can be found by calling 311.
What questions do you have about Southern California?