Heat advisories have been issued for Southern California, including Los Angeles and other counties, with record high temperatures possible beginning Wednesday and lasting through the weekend.
“Heat Advisory now in effect from Wednesday morning through Sun afternoon. Highs will reach 85-90 degrees each day: 15-20 degrees above normal! This can lead to wintertime heat stress, especially those who are not used to this kind of heat. Take extra precautions this week,” the National Weather Service (NWS) Los Angeles Office tweeted on Tuesday.
Ninety degrees Fahrenheit is equivalent to 32.2 degrees Celsius. The average daily high temperature in February in Southern California is around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), according to the Xinhua news agency.
During the peak of the heat wave in winter, the NWS predicts near-record high temperatures.
“This is unseasonably hot, so many people will not be acclimated to this heat leading to faster onset dehydration and heat stress. Please, take precautions and stay safe this week,” the agency warned.
According to the NWS, the summer-like weather is being driven by a high pressure system moving east and will be the first of many Santa Ana wind events. The system is expected to arrive in Southern California Tuesday night.