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Heat wave intensifies in Southern California; highs from 105-119

August 25, 2011 |  7:26 am

Lake-Balboa
Southern California's heat wave could peak on Thursday with some of the hottest temperatures of the summer.

The forecast calls for highs that could top 105 in the San Fernando Valley, 107 in the Antelope Valley and 119 in the Palm Springs area. Coastal areas will be significantly cooler.

Stuart Seto, a specialist at the National Weather Service, urged residents to take additional precautions due to the heat.

The hot temperatures are part of a dominant high-pressure system that will continue over the region until Sunday, Seto said. They are likely to peak Friday and continue through early next week.

“We want to grab people’s attention, to let people know to be safe,” Seto said.

Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Don Kunitomi said there is an increased chance of wildfires this week.

Several brush fires broke out in the Inland Empire earlier this week as temperatures rose. But Kunitomi said the risk will heighten further in the fall as conditions become drier.

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Photo: A family keeps cool at Lake Balboa on Thursday. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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