The worst of a record-breaking Southern California heatwave to come

The worst heat wave of the year will continue to rock Southern California until at least Wednesday.

Here’s a preview of what to expect:

The forecasts

Saturday and Sunday will see “high” and “very high” heat levels in many areas, said Tom Fisher, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

But Sunday will likely bring the most intense temperatures of the heatwave.

Heat warnings have been issued for inland areas and valleys – which will see temperatures in the triple digits with some places exceeding 110 degrees – but also some coastal towns where temperatures will reach the 90s.

“A prolonged period of very warm conditions with minimal coastal cloudiness is expected as upper-level high pressure remains anchored over the west,” the National Weather Service said. “Three digit heat will be common for many places in the valleys and mountains until early next week. Record heat will produce a very high risk of heat illness.”

The sweltering temperatures will continue into next week, with some cooling expected mid-week.

Some inland regions have set daily temperature records for the past three days.

The challenges of the energy network

California’s Independent System Operator, which runs the power grid, has extended a flexible alert through Saturday, officials said late Friday.

During a Flex Alert, consumers are asked to save energy from 4 p.m. Officials have warned that power outages are possible during the heatwave due to excessive demand.

Here’s a guide on how to save power during Flex Alerts.

Here’s a guide on how to stay safe during heat waves.

Los Angeles Times

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