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Parts of the Southland sizzled Friday as a heat wave hit its peak, raising fears of wildfires and prompting warnings to keep an eye on pets and the elderly.

Temperatures topped 100 degrees in areas including Burbank, Van Nuys, Chatsworth and Lancaster, while Woodland Hills pushed the 110-degree mark, according to the National Weather Service.

NWS officials noted, however, that the heat wave is not expected to break local records.

“Friday through Sunday mark the 10-year anniversary of one of the hottest events on record for any month — Woodland Hills hit 119 on July 22, 2006, the all-time high for any of our climate stations,” according to the Weather Service.

The NWS issued an excessive heat warning for the valleys and mountains through Saturday evening.

The NWS also warned of increased fire danger as the hot temperatures combine with dry conditions and gusty winds. A red flag warning is in effect until midnight Saturday in the Los Angeles County Mountains, Angeles National Forest and Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a heat alert that will be in effect through at least Saturday for the Los Angeles Basin and San Gabriel Valley, and through at least Sunday for Pomona and the Antelope, San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

Forecasters warned that the triple-digit heat could present a danger to some residents, and demand for electricity could be high, creating the possibility of outages.

“Never, ever leave people or pets in enclosed vehicles, even for a short period of time,” the NWS warned. “Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.”

Inland areas could see higher-than-normal temperatures as late as next Tuesday, although coastal areas should see some cooling beginning Sunday, forecasters said.

Temperatures are expected to dip slightly on Saturday then continue dropping to more normal levels next week. Downtown Los Angeles is expected to hit 94 degrees on Saturday, then down to 86 Sunday and 83 on Monday. The NWS forecast a temperature of 108 degrees for Saturday in Woodland Hills, dropping to 98 on Sunday and 96 Sunday.

— City News Service

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