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Get Ready L.A., The 'Heat Dome' Is Heading Our Way

Ali Zenaidi, 2, cools off in the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain inside Grand Park during a 2013 heat wave. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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If you have an acquaintance with a pool, now might be the time to try and rekindle that friendship because things are going to get hot this weekend. The Los Angeles Department of Public Health has issued a "heat alert" for the Los Angeles Basin area on Friday; a heat alert will also be in effect today in the Antelope Valley.

National Weather Service meteorologist Cathy Hoxsie told LAist that Friday and Saturday "both look pretty hot," with a forecasted temperature range well into the triple digits (105-110) in Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and portions of the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys. Cooler parts of the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys will still see triple-digit numbers, though not quite as high. Temperatures in the downtown area will likely be in the 90s on Friday and Saturday, though things will cool off substantially as you move west, with coastal areas projected to be in the mid-80s. The L.A. Times reports that the heat wave is expected to last through July 27.

The Department of Public Health urges all Angelenos to take precautions in the heat, especially caretakers of children and the elderly, and people who take part in outdoor activities. Check on your neighbors and please don't leave your kids or pets in the car.

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Coxsie said that although the weekend's temperatures are above normal, they are not atypical for the time of year. Late July and August tend to be the hottest time of year in Los Angeles. It should also be noted that Los Angeles will not be suffering alone this weekend. You know the "heat dome" causing high temperatures back east that everyone has been talking about? Well, no need to feel left out any longer because—according to Coxsie—"that dome is broadening enough that it's reaching us."

Okay, but what's really causing it? Is there any chance that the rising mercury has something to do with the unfettered shitshow at the Republican National Convention? Is the nation breaking out in a hot sweat and anxious red hives in the face of a horrific future, like I do before a job interview or after any man has ever said I love you?

According to Coxsie, the answer is no. "I don't think those are connected," she said.

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