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Hot and getting hotter for Carmageddon weekend

Ventura weather
Clear skies and warming temperatures will prevail this weekend in the Southland as a 10-mile closure of the 405 Freeway, dubbed Carmageddon II, threatens to limit escape routes for would-be beachgoers.

With temperatures in the San Fernando Valley expected to approach 100 degrees, "the beach would be a good place to go," said Mike Wofford, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. "But how are people going to get there?"

If they manage, they'll find much more moderate conditions, with temperatures close to 80 degrees.

Hot, dry conditions are typical in late September and October, Wofford said. By Sunday and, particularly Monday, "we'll be close to breaking temperature records."

Close but maybe no cigar in the valleys, where Monday's temperatures are expected to hit 106 to 107, a few degrees shy of records.

"It would be a stretch to break them," Wofford said.

However, he added, if temperatures rise to about 100 in downtown Los Angeles and 90s closer to the beach, "we could break some records. We're going to be right up there."

By Wednesday, the heat is expected to moderate by several degrees. And the forecast for next weekend calls for considerable cooling, with a deep marine layer holding temperatures to the 60s and 70s, Wofford said.


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Photo: Nick Myers, 27, of Ventura works his skateboard as he enjoys the beautiful weather last week at Seaside Park in downtown Ventura. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times.

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