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Heat wave bears down on Southern California

August 24, 2011 |  4:35 pm

Lake-Balboa
A heat wave is bearing down on parts of Southern California.

Stuart Seto, a specialist at the National Weather Service, urged residents to take additional precautions due to the heat.

Some areas of Los Angeles County, such as Woodland Hills, Palmdale and the Antelope Valley could reach a “critical heat threshold” of over 105 degrees, he said. The Palm Springs area could see temperatures topping 118 degrees.

The hot temperatures are part of a dominant high-pressure system that will continue over the region until Sunday, Seto said. They are likely to peak Friday and continue through the early part of next week.

“We want to grab people’s attention, to let people know to be safe,” he said.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Don Kunitomi said there is an increased chance of wildfires this week.

Several brush fires broke out in the Inland Empire earlier this week as temperatures rose. But Kunitomi said the risk will heighten further in the fall as conditions become more dry.

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Photo: A family keeps cool at Lake Balboa on Thursday. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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