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Heat wave continues to sizzle Southern California

October 17, 2012 |  6:48 am

 

It might be mid-October, but Southern California will again see summertime temperatures Wednesday.

The day is forecast to be the hottest of an already-warm week, with temperatures in the valleys ranging from the mid-90s to 100 degrees, said meteorologist Rich Thompson with the National Weather Service. Woodland Hills is expected to top the charts with a predicted high of 102 degrees.

Downtown Los Angeles is expected to see a high of 95 degrees.

"It's a really, really warm day across the board," Thompson said.

The hotter temperatures are the result of high pressure over Southern California and a weak offshore flow, Thompson said -- something not unusual for this time of year.

A "rather significant drop" in temperatures is expected for the rest of the week, Thompson said. Valley temperatures should dip to the upper 80s and lower 90s on Thursday, and drop an additional 10 degrees or so in the coming days. The forecast high for downtown Los Angeles on Thursday is 88 degrees, with temperatures in the 70s predicted for the rest of the week.

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