STUDIO CITY, CA – Just in time to welcome the first day of summer, temperatures rose across Southern California on Tuesday, with many areas experiencing sweltering, sweltering temperatures of up to 90 degrees, officials said meteorological services.
The possibility of thunderstorms and showers was also on the horizon for some areas on Wednesday and Thursday, but forecasters said the storms, which could include dry lightning, would deliver little precipitation to ease the severe drought in the State.
On its Twitter page, the weather service warned of a high fire risk “over the coming week due to warm conditions with low humidity”.
The agency noted “a risk of dry lightning” and warned that “any new outbreak of fire will develop rapidly!”
“Precipitation totals will be minimal from this week’s pattern,” said Heather Zehr, AccuWeather’s senior meteorologist.
Wherever rain falls, it’s likely to be less than 0.25 inches and may be as little as a few hundredths of an inch, according to AccuWeather.
In Studio City, temperatures are expected to hover around the upper 80s on Tuesday, rising slightly for the rest of the week. Along the coast, temperatures are expected to remain in the high 60s to mid-70s, according to AccuWeather.
Along with brief monsoon weather, the potential for fire danger is expected to increase Tuesday evening through Wednesday in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the National Weather Service said.
The valleys and mountains were expected to experience peak gusts of wind between 35mph and 50mph. Low humidity of 8% to 18% is expected to persist in the mountains and deserts throughout the week.
As usual during heat waves, forecasters urged people to drink plenty of fluids, seek air-conditioned spaces and check on vulnerable relatives and neighbors.
“Extreme heat will greatly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, especially for those who work or participate in outdoor activities,” according to the NWS.
“Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. This is especially true in hot or hot weather, when car interiors can reach deadly temperatures within minutes.”
City News Service contributed to this report.