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Today Will be Hot, but Excessive Heat Expected Tuesday and Wednesday

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Temperatures this week could reach as high as 110 in the Valley areas, predicts the National Weather Service, which last night published an excessive heat watch for Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. Effected areas are valleys in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, including the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys. Mountain areas below 4,000 feet elevation could see temperatures rise to 105.

But that doesn't mean the rest of the region is off the hook. Temperatures on Monday will also be hot -- and are expected to continue to scorch throughout the week -- with areas hitting the high 80s and 90s, but mostly the latter. Some valley areas will tip 100. And Coastal areas will experience mid to high 70s, save for Long Beach where high 80s are expected.

The Los Angeles Fire Department has hot weather safety guide and stresses the dangers of leaving children and pets in cars during high temperatures. "Hot oven, hot car... It's the same thing," says a Los Angeles District Attorney's office poster (.pdf). "Leaving an animal in a hot car is a crime."