Welcome to another heat wave. Triple-digit temperatures on tap for Southern California, which has just suffered its second-wettest on record, according to the National Weather Service in Los Angeles.
As a result, the high is expected to reach a scorching 110 degrees today, with the low hovering around the upper 90s.
“I can’t be a lot more specific about the heat index, but it seems to be in the upper 90s,” said Bob Breshears, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office. “It’ll be more in the upper 90s than the 90s, which means that we’re going to be in the upper 90s on Friday.”
The heat should linger for the next few days as temperatures dip back down to the mid-90s, with some highs in the upper 90s or upper 80s, Breshears said.
Friday will be a relatively cool day with the high around 90 degrees and the low likely in the upper 70s, Breshears said.
It should be a dry day too. Temperatures are expected to dip by about an inch or two.
Temperatures will continue to hover around the upper 90s through Saturday.
It is the second-wettest February in the Los Angeles area, surpassing the previous record by nearly one degree, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Los Angeles city government has declared a state of emergency, and Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city is preparing for possible evacuations.
The city has already ordered all parks and playgrounds closed, with only exceptions allowed where it is safe to venture into the water.
Garcetti said the city will also extend its shelter-in-place order through the weekend.
Temperatures had peaked at 119 degrees on January 27 and have been below the 90-degree mark every day this week.
The National Weather Service predicts that by 1 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles temperatures will be in the high 90s, with a high humidity of about 50 percent and