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Another day of blazing heat before cooling trend begins

September 8, 2011 |  9:40 am

Chinatown on Tuesday

If you like really hot weather, then brace yourself for one more day of paradise in Southern California. The high in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday will be 96 degrees.

High temperatures will range from 98 to 106 in nearby foothills and valleys.

While the air will be calm downtown, dry and windy conditions across the Santa Ynez range and adjacent south coast of Santa Barbara County will create fire hazards Thursday.

“The combination of hot, dry and windy conditions will result in a high fire danger,” according to a National Weather Service forecast.

Other forecast Thursday highs are: Palm Springs 108, Woodland Hills 106, Riverside 104, Arcadia 101 and Santa Ana 89.

Friday’s high temperature downtown is expected to cool down to 86 degrees and cool further to 80 degrees on Saturday.

The weather service also offered advice to cope with the heat, including “never leave children or pets in enclosed automobiles even for a short period of time, even if the windows are partially open.”

Temperatures can quickly rise to life-threatening levels in cars. The weather service also suggests checking on elderly neighbors and seeking refuge in shade or in air conditioned buildings.

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Photo: A woman lowers her umbrella as she walks along the shady side of the street in front of an auto repair shop in the heart of Chinatown in Los Angeles. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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