CULVER CITY, CA — Temperatures are climbing to 90 degrees across Los Angeles County and gusty winds are expected to hit the Los Angeles Coast, according to the National Weather Service.
A heat advisory remains in effect until 6 pm Sunday for the Los Angeles County Coast including Downtown Los Angeles, the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Long Beach, the NWS reports. A wind advisory will continue through 4 pm Thursday.
Culver City locals can expect temperatures up to 90. Northeast winds are anticipated from 20 to 30 mph, and gusts up to 45 mph, mainly along the Malibu coast.
Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles, the NWS reports. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses to occur.
Drivers are urged to use extra caution, especially if operating a high-profile vehicle. Residents should secure outdoor objects.
It’s also important to drink plenty of fluids, stay in a cool or air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances,” according to the NWS.
“Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside,” the NWS reports. “When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.”
People are urged to wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heatstroke is an emergency and people should call 9-1-1 if it occurs.
Forecasters noted that temperatures on Wednesday morning were already 20 or more degrees warmer than they were 24 hours ago in parts of the Southland, but most areas were seeing a 5- to 10-degree increase. They also warned that wind advisories could be extended in the mountains into Thursday, with windy conditions “expected to be stronger and more widespread.”
“A warming trend will continue across the region as high pressure builds in aloft and a persistent offshore flow continues through the weekend,” according to the NWS. “Near record high temperatures are possible during the peak of the heat today (Wednesday) through Friday.”
The unseasonably high temperatures could stretch into Sunday’s Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium between the LA Rams and Cincinnati Bengals — potentially making for the warmest kickoff in Super Bowl history. Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m
According to the Southeast Regional Climate Center, the warmest Super Bowl kickoff occurred in 1973 — at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — when it was 84 degrees.
The current forecast for Sunday calls for temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.
Forecasters warned that “dangerously hot conditions with temperatures up to 90 degrees” are possible in some areas during the heat wave.
“Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities,” according to the NWS. “… Be prepared to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.”
– City News Service and Patch Editor Nicole Charky contributed to this report.