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Heat, humidity to blister SoCal for another 'uncomfortable' day

Hotter temperatures and increased humidity levels are prompting weather forecasters to upgrade existing warnings as a heat wave continues to blister Southern California
Hotter temperatures and increased humidity levels are prompting weather forecasters to upgrade existing warnings as a heat wave continues to blister Southern California.

The National Weather Service issued an "excessive heat warning" through Friday for several spots in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, including mountain ranges, L.A. County valleys and Ojai. An excessive heat watch had already been in place for much of the area.

"The combination of hot temperatures and added humidity will make it uncomfortable," said Curt Kaplan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

PHOTOS: Hot weather continues

Temperatures on Thursday are expected to range between 99 and 108 degrees in the San Fernando Valley and hover in the 90s in downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach, Kaplan said. Forecasters expect Friday to be even hotter, by a few degrees.

The prolonged heat -- several record temperatures were set for the day Wednesday -- has forecasters concerned, Kaplan said, prompting the upgraded warning.

Los Angeles County officials upgraded their own warning as well. In a statement issued Wednesday evening, director of public health Jonathan Fielding reminded residents to "take special care of themselves, children, the elderly and their pets" to avoid heat-related illnesses.

The heat wave is expected to break Saturday, Kaplan said, but temperatures will remain warmer than normal through next week.

And for those hoping to find some relief at the beach, where temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-70s to lower-80s?

"That's a good idea," Kaplan said.

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Photo: Fullerton residents cool off in a Lemon Park pool Wednesday as the temperature hovered around 95 degrees. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

 
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