A dangerous heat wave has arrived in Southern California resulting in the issuance of red flag warnings throughout the region and temperatures at beaches that are expected to rise above those in the infamously hot Death Valley, according to NBC4 California’s website nbclosangles.com.
Temperatures at the beaches are expected to be at least 10 degrees higher than those in Death Valley, which holds the world record for highest air temperature of 134 degrees. Temps are predicted to be in the 80’s this week and to top 100 degrees by Wednesday, inland and in the valleys.
A heat advisory warning has been issued for parts of Orange County and the Inland Empire through Thursday. The warning is expected to last through Friday with a cool drop to around 80 degrees by the weekend. The temperatures are trending about 15 to 20 degrees above normal, according to NBC4.
The scorching hot temperatures and unseasonable gusty Santa Ana winds – which could go up to 50 miles per hour in some areas — caused a 100-acre fire to break out in San Diego’s Rancho Bernardo section, the biggest ever in San Diego County, according to the Associated Press. Reportedly, the blaze poses no imminent danger, despite several evacuations, as it is burning through an undeveloped corridor of land.
News stations have been urging viewers to take the heat wave warnings seriously. A meteorologist for NBC4 has recommended avoiding “strenuous activity outdoors, stay hydrated, check on the elderly and never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for a minute.”
Red flag warnings are in effect for the following regions and will expire by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, according to NBC Los Angeles: valleys and mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, the San Gabriel Valley, Orange County coastal areas, the Inland Empire, and the San Bernardino County and Riverside County mountains.