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Record-breaking, triple-digit temperatures to hit Southland today

It may be the first day of October, but scorching, record-breaking temperatures Monday will remind Southern Californians that summer isn't over yet.

"It's going to be a hot day," said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Triple-digit temperatures were expected for much of the Southland, about 20 degrees hotter than what is normal for this time of year, Sweet said.

The warmest weather will be in the valleys, with a high of 108 degrees predicted for Woodland Hills and 105 degrees in Burbank and Pasadena, Sweet said.

Downtown Los Angeles is expected to hit 100 degrees, tying a daily record set in 2008.

Red-flag warnings are in effect through Tuesday evening for Los Angeles County and Ventura County mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley, Sweet said, as weather officials worry gusty winds, hot temperatures and low humidity could spark fires.

Forecasters expect temperatures to cool Tuesday, falling about five degrees.

"When you're dropping from 105 to 100, it's still going to feel hot," Sweet said.

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