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Heat Wave Watch in Effect for the Week

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Some of you may have been inside all week, so we will break this news for you: it is hot beyond the doors of your apartment. And according to the National Weather Service, it's only going to get hotter.

The reason behind the heat wave is an "upper-level high pressure system hovering over Southern California and gaining strength," according to City News Service, making it a good ten degrees hotter in parts of L.A. than it usually is at this time of year.

But that's not all -- in an unprecedented turn of events, our excruciating hot weather will also be accompanied by humidity. (Forgo the hair straightener, ladies.) And it's because of the humidity, which will make the air feel even hotter, that a heat wave watch is being issued Wednesday afternoon through Friday evening in the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita Valleys and the mountains of L.A. County.

Steer clear of hiking if you're not fully prepared for it, don't leave your pets in locked cars, and keep an eye out for your elderly neighbors.