LOS ANGELES, CA — For the first time in California history, the National Weather Service issued heat advisories in Southland this week as temperatures soar 20 to 25 degrees above normal.
Forecasters expect temperature records to break before this heat wave ends, and Sunday’s Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium will likely be the hottest ever played.
“Five temperature records are at risk for tomorrow in our region. Highs will reach the mid-80s in coastal areas where a heat advisory is in effect,” the National Weather Service announced Wednesday evening. “Winter heat stress is a possibility, especially for those not acclimatized to heat. Please exercise caution and stay hydrated.”
The National Weather Service’s heat advisory will be in place until 6 p.m. Sunday for coastal LA County, including downtown Los Angeles, as well as the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, and areas inland and coastal Orange County – with highs up to 90 degrees in some areas.
Winds in the valley were expected to range from 15 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph. The Santa Monica Mountains will see stronger winds, with gusts of up to 50 mph, according to the NWS.
“A warming trend will continue in the region as high pressure builds aloft and a persistent offshore flow continues through the weekend,” according to the NWS. “Near-record temperatures are possible during peak heat today (Wednesday) through Friday.”
Unusually high temperatures for the season could extend into Sunday’s Super Bowl at SoFi Stadium between the LA Rams and Cincinnati Bengals, which could lead to the hottest kickoff in Super Bowl history. . Forecasters expect the temperature to eclipse the Super Bowl record set 49 years ago at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum when it was 84 degrees. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The high on Sunday is expected to be 88 degrees in Los Angeles.
Forecasters have warned that “dangerously hot conditions with temperatures of up to 90 degrees” are possible in some areas during the heatwave.
“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. “…Be prepared to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of direct sunlight, and watch relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should not be left unattended under any circumstances. monitoring in vehicles. This is especially true in warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach deadly temperatures within minutes.”
City News Service contributed to this report.