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Heat Wave Hits L.A.

Potentially record-breaking heat will swelter Los Angeles residents Monday, with temperatures hitting triple digits around the city.

Blazing temperatures are set to hit the Los Angeles area Monday as numbers may climb to the triple digits in several areas of the city.

Temperatures reached the triple digits in parts of Los Angeles Monday. (Photo by Instagram user whitelamb526)
Temperatures reached the triple digits in parts of Los Angeles Monday. (Photo by Instagram user whitelamb526)

Officials from the National Weather Service predict temperatures to peak around 100 degrees in downtown L.A., 104 degrees in the Hollywood Hills and a potentially record-breaking 110 degrees in inland and valley areas.  The projected temperatures are expected to match heat records set in Southern California in 2008.

The combination of intense heat, high winds, and low humidity levels has even prompted the National Weather Service to issue Red Flag warnings, indicating a high risk of wildfires in both the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains.

"Fire danger is expected to peak on Monday," NWS officials said, "when record-breaking triple digit heat and widespread single-digit humidities will combine with very dry fuels." 

The Red Flag warnings are currently in effect until 6:00pm on Tuesday.

People are advised to avoid strenuous activity in the heat, wear loose light clothing and drink plenty of non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages.

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