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Forget June Gloom, A Serious Heat Wave Is Expected To Hit SoCal Starting Wednesday

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So much for the relatively cool climes of June Gloom: a heat wave is slated to hit Southern California during the second half of this week, with the hottest temperatures expected between Thursday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

Coastal areas will remain relatively unscathed, with the rise in temperature especially concentrated in inland areas. National Weather Service meteorologist Robbie Munroe told LAist that the hottest temperatures will be found in the interior and Antelope valleys, and that the mercury will likely rise around three to five degrees a day through Friday. Monroe said that highs in downtown L.A. for Friday could be in the upper 80s (a normal high downtown for this period in June would be around 77 degrees, according to Munroe).

Things will be even warmer in the San Fernando Valley on Friday, where, according to Munroe, "we're looking at anywhere from the low 90s to around 100 degrees, with the hottest area [in the Valley] likely being in the Woodland Hills area."

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The heat wave is being caused by a ridge of high pressure that's nudging in from the southeast. The National Weather Service is currently predicting that it will run through Sunday, although it's possible we'll see slight relief as we head into the weekend, depending on wind patterns at the coast.