The Southland's first heat wave of the year is expected to intensify Wednesday in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
And temperatures are expected to peak Thursday and Friday.
Coastal, valley and mountain areas around the Los Angeles basin can expect highs Wednesday near or above 90. Further inland in the San Gabriel Valley highs will approach 100 and in the Antelope Valley triple-digit highs are forecast, according to the National Weather Service.
The high Wednesday in Anaheim is expected to be about 90, according to the Weather Service.
"We're pondering whether to issue an excessive heat watch later today," Weather Service Meteorologist Todd Hall in Oxnard said. "The peak heat is expected Thursday morning through Friday evening."
There's also the possibilty of thunderstorm activity, which is expected to remain east of the Los Angeles basin. But additional moisture could still mean higher humidity readings, adding to discomfort levels and a higher heat index, according to the Weather Service
Health Department Warning
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a warning for residents of Lancaster and other parts of the Antelope Valley to take precautions as the heat wave engulfs the area.
"While people don't need to be told it's hot outside, they do need to be reminded to take care of themselves, children, the elderly and pets when the weather gets hotter," Dr. Jonathan Fielding said. "When temperatures are high, prolonged sun exposure may cause dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke."
Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst. Those with symptoms should be moved to a cooler, shaded area and given water or sports drinks.
More severe symptoms such as diminished judgment, disorientation, pale and clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse or fast and shallow breathing may indicate heat exhaustion or impending heat stroke and may require immediate medical attention. Heat stroke may lead to brain damage and death.
Fielding also urged residents to offer help to neighbors with limited access to air conditioning and transportation and check on them frequently.
Additional information and a list of cooling centers can be found at the Department of Public Health website or by calling 211.