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More triple-digit highs as Southern California heat wave continues

August 8, 2012 |  7:57 am

More triple-digit temperatures are expected Wednesday as a ridge of high pressure settles in over Southern California and the area continues to swelter.

The heat wave is expected to last through Saturday, with the highest temperatures likely from Thursday on. But the differences between Wednesday and the rest of the week may be slight.

“It may be hotter later in the week but you’re not really going to be able to tell,” National Weather Service meterologist Rich Thompson said.

It’ll be plenty hot Wednesday, with highs of 109 expected in Woodland Hills and Santa Clarita, about 100 in Burbank and Pasadena and 91 in downtown Los Angeles. Lancaster tied its record for the day Tuesday of 107.

The ridge of high pressure causing the heat is centered over Utah. It is expected to combine with monsoonal moisture in the next few days, which could spark thunderstorms in mountain and valley areas, forecasters said.

Thompson urged people to observe the usual precautions, drinking plenty of fluids, staying out of the sun as much as possible and checking on elderly neighbors and family members.

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