Mother Nature turned up the heat across the Southland, pushing temperatures into the 90s in some areas, with conditions only expected to get hotter through Friday before the mini heat wave breaks.
Forecasters predict temperatures will reach triple digits in the valleys Thursday and gusty winds are expected.
By early afternoon Wednesday, downtown Los Angeles was seeing temperatures in the upper 80s, while typically hotter locations such as Pasadena, Burbank, Chatsworth, Van Nuys and Pomona were in the 90s.
“Temperatures around 100 are possible Thursday and Friday in the valleys,” according to the National Weather Service. “Gusty north to northeast winds are expected in many areas through Thursday.”
Heat advisories took effect late Wednesday morning across much of the region, and they will remain in effect until 6 pm Friday. The advisories were in effect for the Malibu coast, Santa Monica Mountains, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita, LA County beaches, Los Angeles County mountains, San Gabriel Valley and inland coastal areas including downtown Los Angles.
The hottest temperatures are expected in the Santa Clarita, San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys, with triple digits possible in Pasadena, San Gabriel and Pomona. Coastal areas and downtown Los Angeles could see temperatures in the 90s, possibly reaching 95.
“Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors,” the NWS advised.
“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible.”
In Orange County, heat advisories are also in effect for inland and coastal areas, with temperatures expected into the mid- to upper-90s. The hottest temperatures are expected in the Orange County inland areas, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Fullerton and Mission Viejo, on Thursday and Friday.
Wind advisories that were in effect overnight in the Los Angeles County mountains were lifted early Wednesday morning.
Forecasters noted that temperatures will drop off considerably by Sunday.
“A cooling trend is expected to begin Sunday, with a small chance of rain by next Monday,” according to the NWS.