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Forget About The Rain, It's Going To Be 99 Degrees On Thursday 🔥 🔥 🔥
Wasn't it nice earlier, when you woke up in the wee early hours of the day to the modest tapping of a fall rain shower? Recall how, when you first meandered outside, you smelled the freshness of a new day, cleansed, seemingly, for your own peace of mind. The roadways were a mess, but it didn't matter. Fall had, apparently, arrived, and the time for long-pants was finally upon us.
Just kidding! Like that headline says, it's going to be 99 degrees on Thursday! I regret to inform you that the mild autumn you had imagined is but a pipe dream. This is Los Angeles after all, where the chief signifiers of fall are not red leaves, but red flag warnings.
While weather on Monday is supposed to be seasonably mild and pleasant—a lovely 73 degrees and sunny in downtown L.A.—things start warming up on Tuesday. Temperatures in the L.A. basin will hover around or just above 80 degrees, a little warmer in the valleys and a little cooler by the coast.
Wednesday, however, is the day things really start getting hot. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), downtown L.A. can expect 92 degree heat on Wednesday. Wednesday is also the first full day under a fire weather watch, issued by the NWS between Tuesday afternoon through Thursday evening. On Thursday, expect temperatures across all of Los Angeles and its surroundings to be in the mid to upper 90s. Slightly cooler temperatures, though still in the 90s, will grace us on Friday and Saturday, dipping back into the mid 80s by Sunday.
As you might expect, the furnace like heat will be joined by the gusty Santa Ana winds. While winds in central L.A. shouldn't ever exceed 10 to 15 mph, those who live in the canyons and valleys north of Los Angeles should make sure to take down their wind chimes.
Humidity will be extremely low—between 3 and 15 percent according to the NWS—and anyone out and about in areas chock full of brush and other fire fuel should be extremely cautious. There's also a chance that this week's fire weather watch could get upgraded to a full red flag warning.
Anyway, just make sure to drink lots of water and you'll survive. Winter will be here sooner than you imagine, and the long term forecasts actually predict this week's heatwave will be the last stint of 90 degree temperatures for a while.
Happy fall! 🍂 🍂 🍂