The heat wave generating sweltering temperatures in the Southland entered a fifth day Monday and will maintain an elevated danger of wildfire through Wednesday amid high heat, low humidity and gusty winds, the National Weather Service said.
The danger of fire will prevail in all interior valleys, the mountains and desert areas, warned The National Weather Service. Additionally, gusty winds will buffet the mountains and the Antelope Valley, it said.
The weather Service urged residents to not burn trash or brush outdoors, not drive vehicles on dry grass, and never leave a hot grill unattended.
“Elevated to brief critical fire weather conditions are expected to continue away from the coast Sunday through Monday,” the NWS warned on its website. “A hot and dry air mass in place will combine with breezy to locally windy conditions at times to bring elevated to brief critical fire weather conditions to interior areas. Local gusty winds are expected during the afternoon and evening hours each day, with humidities falling to between 5 and 15%.
” Elevated fire conditions will persist through Wednesday in areas that experience Sundowner winds. These conditions mean fires can become ignited easily and can spread quickly. Be careful with ignition sources. Do your part to prevent wild fires by teaching kids about the dangers of playing with fire. Avoiding burning trash or brush outdoors, never park vehicles on dry grasses, and do not leave a hot grill unattended.”
The NWS also emphasized the need for residents to protect themselves from the heat.
“Dangerously hot conditions are expected, especially away from the coast through Monday as strong high pressure remains over the region,” it said. “Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water. Any strenuous work or exercise should be done in the early morning hours, or evening hours. Dress in loose fitting, light colored, and lightweight clothing. Also, never, ever, leave children, the elderly and pets in and enclosed car, even with the windows down during this heat.”
Off the coast, a small craft advisory meant as a warning to novice sailors in small vessels to stay in port will be in effect from 3 p.m. Monday to 3 p.m. Wednesday because of hazardous seas.
A combination of cloudy and sunny skies was expected Monday in L.A. County, along with highs of 76 in Avalon and at LAX; 83 in Downtown L.A. and Long Beach; 86 on Mt. Wilson; 90 in San Gabriel; 91 in Burbank; 92 in Pasadena; 99 in Woodland Hills and Saugus; and 104 in Palmdale and Lancaster. Temperatures will slip through Thursday, then begin slowly climbing again, reaching the 90s in Woodland Hills Sunday.
Partly cloudy skies were forecast along the Orange County coast, but sunny skies are expected in inland cities and the Santa Ana mountains, along with highs of 73 in Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 74 in Newport Beach; 83 on Santiago Peak; 84 in Fullerton and on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 85 in Irvine and at Fremont Canyon; 87 in YorbaLinda, Anaheim and Mission Viejo; and 89 at Trabuco Canyon. Temperatures will be a little lower Tuesday and lower still Wednesday.