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Welcome To Hell: It's Going To Be Another Scorcher This Week

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Ahhh, nothing like cold ocean water (Photo by Jonathan Alcorn via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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We hope you have a buddy with a pool because it's going to be a scorcher this week.

SoCal is getting a late-summer heat wave, and the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning that won't let up until Thursday. Folks in the valleys and desserts will be suffering the most, with temperatures creeping up to 105 degrees, the L.A. Times reports. The peak of the heat wave will be on Wednesday and Thursday, though the weekend temps will still be hotter than usual. It'll even hit the 90s this week in the beach areas. Rip currents are also expected to be an issue at the beaches, so be safe out there in the ocean.

The weather pattern this week is a strange one, too—one that will just make you feel hotter than usual. Don't depend on any wind to cool you off because the Santa Ana winds that normally head in around this time aren't around. Also, since ocean waters are unusually warm, that will also prevent the temps from cooling down very much in the evenings. The valleys will only dip down to the low to mid 70s overnight.

Over in the Riverside and San Bernardino county mountains, there's also the possibility of flash floods and thunderstorms over the next three to four days.

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Remember to stay hydrated and cool. If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, contact 9-1-1. Here are some tips on how to deal with a heat stroke and how to recognize symptoms of one. And whatever you do, don't leave your child or pet in a car—not even for a couple minutes.

Seniors, children and those particularly sensitive to heat are encouraged to avoid prolonged exposure to the high temps. Cooling centers are available around the county for those without air conditioning or in need of a place to keep cool. This handy map shows where many are located throughout the area: