Forecast of high temperatures from the National Weather Service around Los Angeles, on Friday, 6 July 2018. Graphic: WeatherBell.com

By Jason Samenow
6 July 2018

(The Washington Post) – Record-crushing heat is likely in Southern California through Saturday from the same deadly heat dome that has torched the central and eastern United States and parts of Canada over the past week.

“Today [Friday] will be one for the record books,” the National Weather Service office serving Los Angeles wrote in its morning discussion. “Almost all if not all of the daily records will fall today. It is likely that several monthly records will fall and its possible that 1 or 2 all-time records will be made.”

Specifically, the Weather Service said the all-time high temperatures of 113 in Burbank and 117 in Woodland Hills are in jeopardy.

In downtown Los Angeles, the temperature is forecast to soar to 106 degrees Friday, obliterating the previous record for the date of 94, set in 1992. But the all-time high of 113 degrees, set in September 2010, should not be threatened.

The city and much of the surrounding area is under an excessive heat warning through Saturday, where the Weather Service expects triple-digit heat “everywhere” away from coastline.

The blistering heat is forecast to continue Saturday before very slowly easing Sunday through early next week.

The excessively hot conditions combined with very low humidity and gusty winds would allow any brush fires ignited to spread rapidly. Most of southwest California is under a red flag warning, the alert for dangerous fire weather. [more]

Monster heat dome threatens temperature records today in Southern California

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