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Summer heat to hold on through last week of season

September 19, 2011 |  9:43 am

Hot day in Chinatown's Saigon Plaza

Fall may be just a few days away -- the season officially begins Friday -- but don’t expect warm temperatures to go away, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will stay in the low 70s to mid-80s in the coastal plain through the week and hover in the mid-80s in downtown Los Angeles. In the San Fernando Valley, temperatures will range from the mid-80s to the high 90s. Skies throughout Southern California are expected to remain sunny and clear.

Temperatures are about five to 10 degrees above normal across the region, said Bill Forwood, a National Weather Service Meteorologist. Yet, he added, "Usually, during the fall, it stays warm."

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Photo: Racks of hats for sale sit at a sidewalk boutique in Saigon Plaza in Chinatown as a woman walking by shades herself from the midday sun on Sept. 6. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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