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Excessive heat warnings issued through Saturday as Southern California swelters

July 15, 2010 | 10:58 pm

Click here for a Times gallery of weather pictures. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Saturday night for valley and mountain areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Near-record temperatures above 100 degrees are expected across much of the warning areas, according to the weather service.

The warning covers all mountain areas and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys of Los Angeles County and the mountains and interior and coastal valleys in Ventura County. The warnings remain in effect through 9 p.m. Saturday.

Excessive heat warnings were also issued for desert areas of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Click on the following link for a  Times picture gallery of weather-related photos.

--Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Louis Ponce, 8, escapes the heat Thursday by surfing at Seal Beach as clouds loom over the Inland Empire. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times.