SANTA MONICA, CA — A little more than a week after a cold storm dumped snow in the local mountains and heavy rain across Los Angeles, a major heatwave is bringing temperatures 15 to 20 degrees above normal. A National Weather Service heat advisory will go into effect Wednesday with some parts of the region hitting triple-digit temperatures by Friday.
The weather service is forecasting a high of 68 degrees on Tuesday in Santa Monica, and by Friday the high is expected to reach 90 degrees.
“It’s a pretty significant heat wave,” David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s not very typical for the first week of April.”
The heat wave is not expected to set temperature records.
Along with gusty winds, the heatwave is expected to cause an elevated fire risk.
“We have gusty winds, high surf, and hot temperatures all on the agenda for the weather this week,” the weather service tweeted.
A cool down is expected to start on Saturday with temperatures returning to normal on Sunday when a high of 74 is expected.
Here’s the forecast from the National Weather Service:
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 68. West wind around 15 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. West northwest wind around 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 87. North northeast wind around 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 90. North northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 90.
Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 63.
Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.
Sunday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 69.
Sunday Night: Patchy fog. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.
Monday: Patchy fog. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 63.