Southern California is finally getting a break from the dangerous heat that plagued the region for more than a week, but temperatures were still expected to approach triple digits in many parts of the valley Saturday, and smoke from two stubborn wildfires in Los Angeles County was still causing unhealthy air quality.
Highs were expected to reach 100 degrees Saturday in Lancaster — a dropoff from Friday’s record of 108 degrees — 98 in Woodland Hills, 96 in Santa Clarita, 94 in Van Nuys and 91 in downtown Los Angeles.
Forecasters also called for cloudy skies over the weekend with a slight chance of showers and a thunderstorm Saturday. A flash flood watch was in effect for the mountains and the Antelope Valley from 11 a.m. through 9 p.m.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District warned that smoke and ash might be contaminating air quality in portions of the Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley, and the San Gabriel Mountains through Saturday afternoon, and elevated ozone and PM2.5 levels may impact portions of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, including Coachella Valley.
No additional Flex Alerts calling for energy conservation were in effect this weekend.
Most of the city and county cooling centers that were open this week across Los Angeles are closed, but some cooling centers were still open during daytime hours at the following locations:
— Salazar Park, 3864 Whittier Blvd. (through Monday)
— Huntington Park Library, 6518 Miles Ave. (through Monday)
— Claremont Library, 208 N Harvard Ave N (through Monday)
— Robinson Park, Pasadena, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. (through Sunday)
— Crowell Public Library, San Marino, 1830 Huntington Dr. (through Sunday)
— Royal Oaks Park Building, Duarte, 2627 Royal Oaks Dr. (through Sunday)