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Heat wave intensifies in L.A. area; near-record temperatures expected

March 31, 2011 |  6:51 am

  Click to see complete National Weather Service forecastA scorcher is on tap for Southern California on Thursday, with forecasters saying some areas could hit near-record temperatures.

The National Weather Service said beaches could reach 80, and some inland and valley areas could have temperatures over 90 degrees on the second day of the end-of-March heat wave.

On Wednesday, Chatsworth topped out at 88 degrees, Pasadena reached 86, and downtown Los Angeles near USC was 81, according to the National Weather Service. Fillmore in Ventura County reached 89 degrees; Camarillo, 81; and Oxnard, 76.  In Orange County, Lake Forest recorded a high of 89 degrees and Yorba Linda 85, the Weather Service said. Ontario in the Inland Empire was 88 degrees, and Chino was 80.

Lower temperatures are expected beginning Friday and into the weekend.

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Map: shows forecast of expected high temperatures in Southern California through 9 p.m. Thursday. Credit: National Weather Service

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