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Heat Wave This Weekend Could Break Records

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Venice Beach during a heat wave (Photo by Jonathan Alcorn via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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It's not even spring yet, but it's going to feel like summer very soon. Los Angeles will be facing a heat wave this weekend, one that is expected to break records.

We're talking about this weather breaking a 64-year heat record, with it being 20 degrees warmer than normal, according to the L.A. Times. National Weather Service forecasters say the heat wave is due to a high-pressure system coming in. While it's expected to get sweltering hot on Friday and Saturday—even reaching the low 90s in downtown L.A. and 80s on the coast—it's supposed to be a lot worse on Sunday. Sorry, L.A. Marathon runners.

The event's organizers have moved up the start time of the race half an hour earlier to 6:55 a.m. on Sunday as a way to deal with the heat. It's expected to be around 65 degrees at the start time, but will climb up to 80 degrees around noon to 1 p.m. when some folks are expected to finish the race. The marathon will also have cooling buses and misting stations along the route, and cold towels and ice will be handed out, according to City News Service.

Remember to stay hydrated and cool. (Someone with A/C or a pool will be your new best friend.) If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, contact 9-1-1. Here are some tips on how to deal with a heat stroke and how to recognize symptoms of one. And whatever you do, don't leave your child or pet in a car—not even for a couple minutes.

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The weather forecast for this weekend (Image via NWS/NOAA)