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Morning Briefing: It’s Going To Be Hot (Again)

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After a lovely respite from the heat this week, high temperatures are about to come back with a vengeance. According to the National Weather Service, many regions in SoCal will reach triple digits this weekend, far hotter than usual at this time of year.

"Temperatures this high, and this widespread, are rarely ever seen in this area,” NWS meteorologists said in a recent statement.

To give you an idea of what to expect: Woodland Hills could reach 115 degrees, Burbank could hit 110, downtown L.A. could break 100 and beach towns could get up to 90 degrees. The NWS is calling the weather “exceptionally dangerous,” given the holiday weekend and the pandemic.

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So do your best to remain indoors, drink plenty of water – and of course, if you do go out, wear a mask.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay cool out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

Coming Up Today, September 3

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Money Matters: A group of California charter schools sued the state, saying the COVID-era K-12 funding procedure is unconstitutionally denying them money. The L.A. City Council declared a fiscal emergency, clearing the way for buyouts for about 1,300 employees and furloughs of approximately 16,000 workers.

A Podcasting Journey: On this week’s episode of Servant of Pod with Nick Quah, we learn about Paul Bae's journey from actor to stand-up comedian to preacher to podcast creator and back again.

It’s Hot: Starting this Friday Southern California will heat up with temperatures reaching triple digits over the weekend.

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