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A/C Wars: The Heat Wave Strikes Back This Week

Venice Beach during a heat wave (Photo by Jonathan Alcorn via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Enjoy these cooler days while you can because another blistering heat wave is heading to L.A. this week.Temperatures are expected to gradually increase and peak into the triple digits throughout many parts of Southern California by this Thursday. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts that while this heat wave likely won't be as bad as the scorcher that kicked off less than two weeks ago, temps are still expected to be higher than the historic average for this time of year.

Andrew Rorke, a senior forecaster with the NWS in Oxnard seems pretty unfazed by the impending heat, as he tells the L.A. Times, “It’s warmer than normal…[but] there are heat waves to be expected in August.” He must have a pool.

Forecasters predict temps to hit 103 degrees in the typically-hot San Fernando Valley, while downtown L.A. should reach the 90s. The most recent heat wave delivered on its promise of high temps by breaking records across Southern California.

So far this summer, we've experienced warmer temperatures than usual—especially along the coast—according to the NWS. And it doesn't look like that's about to change. While there are thunderstorms expected this week in some areas—including around Big Bear where firefighters are battling a 100-acre blaze—the high temps are increasing the risk of fire danger in many places.

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Just as with the previous heat wave, people are encouraged to take precautions during the upcoming heat wave, especially with heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 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: