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Heat wave to return Monday, along with greater fire danger

September 19, 2009 |  8:11 am

Southern California can expect a late September heat wave beginning next week -- bringing with it concerns about brush fires.

Weekend temperatures are expected to stay in the mid-70s at the beaches and in the 80s and 90s inland.

But on Monday, a high-pressure system is expected to form and cause the mercury to rise, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters predict temperatures in the high 90s and into the low 100s in some inland and valley areas. 

And in what is a challenging forecast for firefighters, the weather service says humidity will drop.

 "Longer period of single digit humidities ... bring the potential for critical fire weather conditions in the Southland Monday night through Wednesday," the weather service said in a statement.

The massive Station fire, which started last month under similar weather conditions, is expected to be fully contained by Tuesday.

-- Shelby Grad