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Summer To Greet Us With Triple-Digit Heat On Monday

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The National Weather Service (NWS) says that we're in for a 'kiln-like' heat wave into the upcoming weekend, peaking sometime on Monday, when temperatures across the Southland are, almost universally, predicted to cross the 100-degree threshold.

As the NWS says in their long-term forecast, "there is a very real chance that this heat wave will be one for the record books, and it almost certainly will produce hazardous heat-related conditions."

The kiln effect won't really start up until the weekend, when a dollop of high pressure will park itself over Southern California. The moist and gloomy onshore flow that we've been enjoying this week will switch into a hot and dry offshore one, carting boiling air from the Mojave out over metropolitan Los Angeles.

Saturday and Sunday will be hot, with temperatures expected to be in the 90s, but Monday is the day that will really give Los Angeles a thorough cooking. Temperatures downtown are expected to reach 101 degrees. Out in the Valley, the temperature in North Hollywood and Woodland Hills alike is expected to reach 107, and even Santa Monica is predicted to bake under triple-digit heat.

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The NWS continues: "things could change from now to then, but these sort of parameters are quite rare and max temps in the valleys could come in between 110 and 118 degrees."

That's right, 118 degrees. Temperatures that high aren't too far off from the predicted 122 in Palm Springs. For what it's worth, the highest temperature ever recorded in Palm Springs is 123.