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Get Ready For Gnarly Weather: Triple-Digit Heat, Santa Ana Winds

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It might do you some good to stay indoors this week—if you have a working air conditioner. Maybe an ice bath will work, too. L.A. weather is going to be brutal for the next few days, with temperatures hitting triple digits and warm wind gusts blowing through our city. Fire weather warnings are in effect, too.

Most of L.A. will be feeling the sizzling heat in the 90s today, with the worst of the heat wave hitting us on Wednesday and Thursday when the temperature highs will be in the 100s, according to City News Service. (And expect it to get toastier in the inland and valleys, of course.) Humidity will also be low, making it for some extra dry heat.

And if that wasn't already bad enough, Angelenos will also be getting 2 to 30 mph winds, with gusts up to 40 mph in the city and the coast. Wind gusts in the mountains are expected to hit 55 mph, and up to 35 mph gusts in the Valley.

This all makes for the perfect storm for the potential for wildfires. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a fire weather warning that started this morning and will run through to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

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"The combination of gusty Santa Ana Winds, hot temperatures and single-digit humidities will bring extreme fire danger to the region through midweek,'' read an advisory from the NWS.

The wildfire warning was issued out to areas like the valleys and mountains in L.A. and Ventura Counties and beachside cities in L.A. Luckily, the heat wave is expected to teeter out by the end of the week, with Saturday in the mid-80s and Sunday in the 70s, according to NBC Los Angeles.

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