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Heat wave lifts, cooler temperatures on the way

September 29, 2010 | 10:05 am

Weather
The triple-digit heat wave that hit Southern California earlier this week has finally eased, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures on Wednesday were expected to be warm but not crest above the low 90s, according to Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service. That’s a far cry from Monday’s broiling all-time record of 113 degrees in downtown Los Angeles.

Temperatures are expected to stay below 90 degrees inland and in the 70s on the coast, Seto said. In valley areas, temperatures in the low 90s are expected.

Above-average temperatures should continue until Saturday and may be accompanied by thunderstorms. A 20% chance of thunderstorms in valley and mountain regions is expected from Wednesday until Friday, Seto said.

Temperatures will begin to cool by Saturday, and they should fall to lower than normal next week, Seto said.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: A man takes a sunrise walk around Echo Park Lake Wednesday morning as temperatures continue to drop after Monday's record high in Los Angeles. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Photos: Monday was hottest day in L.A. ever - since 1877, anyway

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