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Southland Bakes in Triple-Digit Heat Wave

Glendora and the southland is in the middle of a summer heat wave, but it’s only going to get hotter.

As the week began with a scorching heat wave, the southland can expect to feel more summer heat, hitting a high of 109 degrees in Glendora Friday.

A strong high pressure over the southwestern part of the country, along with a weak onshore flow is driving up temperatures, according to an advisory from the National Weather Service.

Tuesday’s weather could hit a high of 105 degrees with an overnight low of 69 degrees. Temperatures will rise slightly each day, with a high of 109 degrees on Friday.

The coastal beach cities will offer some reprieve from the heat with temperatures in the 70s.

In the Angeles National Forest, rangers raised the fire danger level from high to very high Monday, because of the high temperatures and dried-out brush. Despite the "very high" fire danger designation, campfires are permitted in developed campgrounds, and camp stoves are allowed in the backcountry.

Thunderstorms, possible through Friday, also could trigger wildfires caused by lightning strikes.

NWS also warns the "excessive" and "hazardous" weather could be deadly for unprepared campers and hikers.

The weather service offers the following safety tips during this summer heat wave:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity as much as possible.
  • Keep hydrated with plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing,
  • Shield yourself from the sun with a hat.
  • Apply sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
  •  Take advantage of air conditioning and shade. 
  •  Never leave pets and children in enclosed vehicles, even briefly.

- Compiled from City News Service reports.

Janelle August 07, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Edison has sent 73 homes postcards, saying they will be turning off the electricity to all those 73 homes in North Glendora, & told us that we will have NO ACCESS in or out of our streets. With 109 degrees predicted for 'this Friday' what happens to those hundreds of homes if the residents don't get out before 8 A.M. in 109 degrees. ?? Edison's postcard read "No access in or out ot your street will be permitted between 8 A.M. & 6 P.M." I wish those in control would insist that these PLANNED non-emergency outages ONLY be done during the normally cooler months, i.e. Dec. Jan. etc. If these hundreds of cars try to park somewhere on other streets overnight so as to make it out in time, no previsions were stated, or set-up, as to NOT get ticketed. I predict Aug. 16th to be a big BIG PROBLEM.
Zane Thompson August 07, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Can we get some verification on where this 109 number is coming from? Weather dot com is saying 100 for Friday, while Weatherbug is saying 105.
Janelle August 07, 2012 at 11:37 PM
I was referring to the temperature I had seen on the news, predicted for this Friday....using it as a reference to next week on Thur. Aug. 16th when Edison says it will turn of the electricity for 10 hours. Since it is a planned non-emergency outage, I cannot understand why all of those for such a large # of residents cannot always be 'planned' for the cooler months. I was just making a "What If" analogy to next Thur. Aug.16 th, & wondering 'why' so many would have to be without air-conditioning, for such a non-emergency ?? It would not be good.
Janelle August 08, 2012 at 01:01 AM
In answer to Zane's question - Just noticed - the 109 temperature is stated for Friday, in Glendora, in the 'first paragraph' of THIS Patch article, here.... right above.
Zane Thompson August 08, 2012 at 01:28 PM
The good news is this high pressure system parked over Utah will start to break up by Sunday.

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