The sweltering temperatures that have baked Southern California over the past few days are expected to last through the Labor Day weekend, leading forecasters to extend an excessive-heat warning for the region.
A respite from the high-pressure system that has turned recent relative cool temperatures into desert-like heat won’t come until next week, forecasters predicted on Wednesday.
And while temperatures are expected to lower by a few degrees by the end of the weekend, they will likely remain above average.
By early afternoon Wednesday, Aug. 30 the National Weather Service was already reporting temperatures above 100 degrees in much of the Inland Empire, including Corona, Chino, Ontario and San Bernardino.
Some parts of Los Angeles County – including Pasadena, Van Nuys, Chatsworth and Claremont – also hit triple digits.
Slightly-cooler, albeit still higher-than-normal temperatures in the 80s and 90s, were reported in parts of Los Angeles, Long Beach and across Orange County.
Temperatures are now expected to peak on Friday. For Los Angeles County, for example, that will likely mean temperatures on the coast to be about 3 to 6 degrees hotter than Wednesday, and about 1 to 3 degrees hotter for inland areas.
Forecasters with the National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office noted that “confidence is pretty high” that temperatures will remain above normal next week, with the question being “Will it be extremely hot, or just hot?”
An ongoing heat…