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Warmer weather headed to SoCal, topping 100 degrees in Valley

July 9, 2012 |  7:54 am

 Southern California might have missed out on the heat wave scorching much of the nation, but those hoping for warmer temperatures may soon get their wish.

The National Weather Service predicts above-normal temperatures across the Los Angeles area throughout the week, with highs topping 100 degrees in the San Fernando Valley, said weather specialist Stuart Seto.

Forecasters believe Woodland Hills will see some of the warmest weather in the area, with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees throughout the week, Seto said. On Tuesday and Wednesday — the days anticipated to be the hottest of the heat wave — Woodland Hills could see 102-degree weather.

Antelope Valley also will experience 100-degree weather, Seto said. Burbank and Pasadena are expected to remain in the 90-degree range throughout the week, and downtown Los Angeles will likely see temperatures in the upper 80s.

Seto said lower humidity levels coupled with hotter temperatures will increase the fire risk.

Officials also are concerned about heat-related illnesses and advise people to stay hydrated and stick to cool spots.

"The main threat is that it's going to be an extended period [of warm weather]," Seto said. "The first day or so, everybody may be enjoying it, but by Wednesday they'll be like, 'Ugh.'"

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— Kate Mather

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