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Sweltering heat expected Saturday across Southern California

September 15, 2012 | 10:03 am

Sweltering heat is expected to envelop Southern California on Saturday as temperatures soar into the triple digits, the result of a strong upper-level pressure system and a weak offshore flow, according to officials at the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Daytime highs are expected to be mostly in the upper 70s and 80s at the beaches and between 90 and 104 degrees across interior sections of the coastal plain, in the lower mountain elevations and in the Antelope Valley, officials said in a statement. Some valley areas could see temperatures as high as 108 degrees.

Humidity level meanwhile are forecast to remain low, which “should keep heat index values below critical warning thresholds in most areas,” weather officials said. They predicted a cooling trend would begin across the region on Sunday, but temperatures would remain “well above normal,” they said. Additional cooling was expected on Monday.

Los Angeles County Director of Public Health and Health Officer Jonathan E. Fielding issued a statement reminding residents “that precautions should be taken, especially by older adults, caretakers of infants and children, individuals who participate in outdoor activities, and individuals who are sensitive to the heat.”

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