Another heat wave to hit Southern California this weekend

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It’s going to be another hot, uncomfortable weekend in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The heat wave is expected to hit Southern California Sunday, bringing with it temperatures upwards of 100 degrees.

“It’s a high pressure system that will form over the Great Basin and bring up some toasty temperatures,” said Bonnie Bartling, weather specialist with the National Weather Service (NWS).  “From Sunday through early in the week it should be up in triple digits in some areas.”

From Sunday through Wednesday, triple-digit heat is expected to be widespread across the valleys, lower mountains and deserts, according to the NWS.

Those wanting to escape to the beaches and coastal areas will also find warm temperatures with highs in the 80s and 90s.

“This heat wave will also likely bring very warm overnight low temperatures, adding to the heat stress,” the NWS said in a statement.

A bee flies away from a trio of sunflowers in a garden on Walnut Street in Newhall on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Katharine Lotze/The Signal

In Santa Clarita, temperatures are forecasted to hit 102 degrees on Saturday before climbing to 105 degrees Sunday and 107 degrees on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lows in the area are expected to be in the lower to mid 70s throughout the duration of the heat wave.

These temperatures bring a potential for heat risk as well as an elevated fire danger.

“The hot and dry conditions combined with very dry fuels will bring an extended period of elevated fire danger to Southwest California,” the NWS said.

To prepare for the heat wave, the NWS recommends that residents ensure that their air conditioning system is running properly.

“During heat waves, it is important to remember to drink plenty of water and reduce time outside during peak heating hours,” the NWS said.  “Also, never leave children or pets in the car, even for a short period of time.”

Precautions from the NWS:

  • Reduce time in the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Check on elderly friends and neighbors
  • Remember to never leave kids or pets in the car, even for a short time

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