A water dropping helicopter gets ready to make a drop on a fire burring in Point Mugu State Park during a wildfire that burned several thousand acres, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Ventura County, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
As inland temperatures were expected to hit triple digits on Mother's Day, it was a good idea to take Mom to the beach after Sunday brunch.
Temperature readings at 1 p.m. reached 102 at Woodland Hills, 101 at Chatsworth, Riverside and Saugus, and generally above 100 degrees in the San Fernando, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita valleys.
At Marina del Rey, however, it was 61. Temperatures stayed below 70 all along the coast, from Malibu to Redondo Beach.
On Saturday, Burbank reached a high of 96 degrees Saturday -- a mark that was last hit in 1988, said David Sweet of the National Weather Service.
"We're getting afternoon high temperatures near or above record levels," Sweet said.
Dense morning fog burned off quickly Sunday to usher summer-like temperatures.
"We're all going to melt away today," NBC4’s weathercaster Carl Bell said.
By Wednesday, the blazing weather will start to cool, but until then Southern California residents are advised wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and avoid the heat.
Tuesday will be a transitional day, and the start of a minimal cool down.
Across Southern California, clouds and patchy conditions are expected by the end of the week, getting gradually cooler until Friday.
“A great day today to be along the coast,” Bell said. “Keep mom cool today.”
The heat sparked fears among firefighters of more brush fires like the Springs Fire, an early prelude to an expected brutal summer.