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Heat Wave, Red Flag Warnings Continue, Stay Cool!

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More gusty Santa Ana winds whipped away at Southern California today amid tinder-dry conditions and soaring temperatures, creating what forecasters called an "extreme" threat of wildfire.

A red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service to signify the presence of wildfire conditions will be in effect until 8 tonight in Ventura, Orange and Los Angeles counties, with the exception of the Antelope Valley. The Antelope Valley will be dry and windy, but not as windy as other locales, said NWS meteorologist Dave Bruno.

Red flag parking restrictions, forbidding parking on narrow hilly streets, remained in effect in Pasadena and Los Angeles.

The winds will regain strength around the region this morning after weakening Tuesday afternoon and evening, with the most powerful expected from this morning through early afternoon, according to NWS meteorologists.

After 4:30 a.m. today, the NWS recorded a 52-mph gust in Warm Springs in the San Gabriel Mountains and a 50-mph gust in the Topanga Hills in the Santa Monicas. The wind was expected to generally blow at speeds of between 20 and 30 miles per hour in mountain, forest and valley areas, gusting to around 45 mph, according to the NWS. At the same time, temperature highs are expected to climb into the low 100s, and record or near-record high temperatures are expected today and Thursday.

"A strong upper-level high-pressure system will persist over the West Coast through mid-week while offshore flow will persist near the surface," the NWS said in an advisory. "This combination will continue to bring period of gusty Santa Ana winds as well as very hot and dry conditions." "The combination of gusty Santa Ana winds , hot temperatures and single-digit humidities will bring extreme fire danger to the region..."

With a cooling trend not expected to start until Friday, the NWS, as it's been doing much of this week, again urged area residents to protect themselves and others from this week's heat wave by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, wearing lightweight clothing, checking on neighbors, especially the elderly, and never leaving kids or pets in a hot parked car with the windows rolled up.

The NWS forecast highs of 84 on Mount Wilson; 90 in Palmdale; 91 in Lancaster; 92 in San Clemente; 93 in Newport Beach; 94 in Avalon and Laguna Beach; 96 at LAX; 98 in Saugus; 99 in Mission Viejo and Woodland Hills; 100 in San Gabriel; 101 in downtown L-A, Pasadena, Burbank, Anaheim, Irvine and Yorba Linda; and 102 in Long Beach and Fullerton.

From Bob DeCastro:

Triple digit temperatures will break records today throughout the Southland. It was 94° in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday, about 20° above average, but today the forecast high is a record 101°.

The National Weather Service has extended a Red Flag warning for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Temperatures 10 to 20° above normal, relative low humidity, and strong Santa Anna winds have created extremely dangerous fire conditions. Fire agencies across the region have beefed up staffing. Health agencies are warning the public to check on the elderly, limit physical activity during extreme heat, and drink plenty of water.

No relief is expected until the weekend.

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