A heat wave will continue across California on Thursday, as extreme and record-challenging heat continues to grip the Los Angeles area. Relief from the heat is coming by the weekend.
Wednesday was the hottest day of the year so far as the mercury climbed to 99 degrees, setting a new record high for the date.
The heat wave will peak on Thursday, as temperatures top out around 100 degrees. That will be very close to the record of 101 in Downtown Los Angeles, which was set in 1970.
"Hot weather will stay most of the workweek with records being challenged into Thursday," AccuWeather.com Western Weather Expert Ken Clark said.
"Some places will see their first 100 F temperatures of the year in the Central Valley and west of the mountains in southern California," Clark said.
This hot weather will raise the risk of wildfires across the region this week.
With the extreme heat, it is possible that schools across southern California will release students early or cancel after school activities. Those spending any time outdoors this week should wear sunscreen and stay hydrated as the risks for sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke will rise.
By Friday, the heat wave will start to subside but temperatures will still hover around the 90 F mark for Friday. However, temperatures will retreat back down into the low 70s by the end of the weekend.
Heading into next week, temperatures are forecast to return to normal with highs in the mid-70s.
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