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Record triple-digit highs possible today in SCV

Mercury could hit 103 degrees

Posted: May 17, 2008 1:21 a.m.
Updated: July 18, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
Near-record triple digit temperatures are possible today in the Santa Clarita Valley.

As of Friday evening, the National Weather Service predicted temperatures in the Santa Clarita Valley could reach 103 degrees today, which is 25 degrees above normal. A high of 98 is predicted for Sunday.

Night time temperatures will likely not dip below 66 degrees.

The sizzling temperatures are due to a moderate offshore flow caused by strong high pressure over the West Coast, according to the weather service.

Although historical data for Santa Clarita was not available Friday, the record high for the San Fernando Valley on today's date was 102 degrees in 1954.

The weather service expects winds to stay calm through Sunday, which means no red flag warning despite the high temperatures and low humidity.

The weather service issued a hazardous weather statement that humidity levels could stay below 15 percent, which could bring potentially higher fire dangers.

Inspector Sam Padilla of the L.A. county Fire Department advised residents to be more cognizant of their outside activities, particularly when using equipment like weedwhackers that can spark fires.

He recommended clearing brush within at least 100 feet of houses.

"Help us help you," he said Friday. "When you help us, it gives us a buffer around your home if we're out fighting a fire."

But his best advice for avoiding this weekend's harsh weather was simple: "Move to Hawaii," he said. "Just get out of here."

If you choose to stick it out, weather officials say to be careful.

"We always say to relax during these hot periods," said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the Oxnard office of the National Weather Service.

He suggested wearing loose-fitting clothing, reducing activity and not leaving elderly people, children or pets unattended in closed vehicles.

"Temperatures creep up there and become life-threatening real fast," he said.

The weather service expects temperatures to slide back down to the 90s early in the week due to onshore flow. However, temperatures will likely stay higher than normal.

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