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Heat wave, triple-digit temperatures hit Southern California

August 7, 2012 |  6:08 am

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There's no way around it: It's going to be hot in Southern California this week.

Triple-digit temperatures are predicted for the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, with highs up to 108 degrees possible on Tuesday, said Andrew Rorke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Other inland areas, including downtown Los Angeles, were expected to see highs in the 90s.

The beaches will likely be the "only comfortable place" this week, Rorke said, with temperatures in the 70-degree range.

Thanks to a "very large" high-pressure system moving through the area, the heat is expected to last throughout the week, with the hottest temperatures and higher humidity expected Thursday and Friday, Rorke said. A heat watch has been issued for Wednesday through Friday, and officials encouraged people to stay indoors and hydrated.

"We'll see a little bit of cooling [Sunday], but honestly, back to normal won't be until a week from today," Rorke said.

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