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Record-Setting Heat Wave About To Peak, Will Last Through The Week

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Overlooking the San Fernando Valley (Photo by Peter Rath via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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That heat wave we reported on last week is about to peak Monday and Tuesday, and will plateau until the weekend, when we see a minor cooling off. What's more, it's forecasted to break record highs in regions of the L.A. area, especially in the Antelope Valley.

"Monday and Tuesday will be the warmest, due to strong high pressure and weak onshore flow. We'll get a slight cooling trend by the weekend, but even then the temps will still be above normal," Stuart Seto, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, told LAist.

Downtown L.A. will have it relatively easy on Monday, as a marine layer will keep temperatures in the mid to high 80s. By Tuesday, however, downtown will reach the high 90s, knocking on the door of triple digit temperatures. Come Saturday, the area will drop slightly to the mid-90s. Seto notes that, during this time of year, the high in downtown L.A. averages about 84 degrees.

The heat will be a bit more stultifying in other areas. Pasadena, for example, will face temperatures in the low 100s from Monday to Saturday.

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As for record-setters, Seto told LAist that several spots in the L.A. area are expected to reach new highs on Monday. Woodland Hills may peak at 110 today, which would break a record of 109 that was set in 2005. Lancaster is expected to hit 109, breaking a record of 107 that was set in 2008. And Palmdale should climb to 108, surpassing the record of 107 set in 2008. Not coincidentally, Lancaster and Palmdale broke single-day records this Sunday when they hit 108 and 107, respectively.

Areas in the coast and downtown L.A. area aren't expected to come close to record highs, but Seto reiterates that downtown will be about 7 degrees above normal for the rest of the week.

As always during a heat wave, you're encouraged to adhere to some mindful practices and take measures to conserve energy. Here are some fast tips from the good people at the NWS: