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Thursday shaping up to be hottest day of the week

Temperatures are expected to climb to a "summer-like" 80 degrees and up Thursday in Southern California as the region experiences its hottest day this week, weather experts said. 

The National Weather Service issued an excessive-heat warning through Friday evening for San Bernardino and Riverside counties, where residents were asked to exercise caution as temperatures approach potentially dangerous levels.

Weather service meteorologist Bill Forwood said the warm weather can be attributed to hot winds brewing in the desert and moving west, creating what he called "summer-like" conditions in the L.A. Basin.

"The hot air to our east is shifting over top of us," he said.

In downtown Los Angeles, temperatures are expected to reach 80 degrees. The San Gabriel Valley should hit 90, and Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley might warm up to 97 degrees.

But the hotter temperatures are not expected to spill over into the weekend.

"The marine layer will win over the weekend, and we will see cooler weather," he said.


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