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Ugh, Prepare For Record-Breaking Heat On Friday

Heat waves rise and distort Hollywood Boulevard during a major heat wave in Southern California in late June 2013. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Another heat wave is headed our way starting Thursday, and this one is going to be bad. "We'll see temperatures above normal over the next couple days, but we won't see peak temperatures until Friday and Saturday," National Weather Service meteorologist Stuart Seto told LAist. An Excessive Heat Watch will be in place in the Los Angeles and Oxnard areas from Thursday at 9 a.m. until Saturday at 9 p.m.

According to Seto, temperatures are predicted to break heat records everywhere from downtown to the airport on Friday. The mercury in downtown Los Angeles is expected to hit 96 degrees on Friday—a temperature that part of town hasn't seen on that day of the year for more than six decades (the current record for that day—also 96 degrees— dates back to 1954).

Woodland Hills is expected to hit 112 degrees on Friday (the current record there for July 7 is 108 degrees). Temperatures in Burbank will also be in the low triple-digits on Friday and Saturday. "Even the airport is going to get pretty warm," Seto said. "We're forecasting 86 degrees on Friday, and the record there is 85 degrees [for that date]."

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"Be prepared for very dangerous heat conditions during any activity this weekend," the meteorologist advised. Angelenos can expect temperatures to remain elevated into Saturday, before we start a slight cool down. Temperatures should be back to normal by Monday or Tuesday, according to Seto.