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Heat wave expected to hit L.A. area later this week

October 10, 2011 |  8:46 pm

Strong offshore winds are expected to cause a heat wave across the Los Angeles region later in the week, heightening the possibility of brush fires, the National Weather Service said Monday evening.

Northeast winds of about 30 mph in mountain and canyon areas could push temperatures above 100 degrees Thursday in valleys and other inland areas and cause relative humidity to drop, the Weather Service said.

The region will begin warming Tuesday, with the hottest days expected to be Wednesday and Thursday. The warm weather is the result of high pressure that will build during the next several days and cause relative humidity to drop, the Weather Service said.

"The combination of the offshore winds ... hot temperatures and low relative humidity may produce a few hours of critical fire weather," the agency said in a statement.

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