Excessive heat warnings remain in effect to start the week. Carl Bell has the forecast for Monday July 1, 2013.
SoCal should see relief by the end of this week from the record-breaking heat wave that continues to scorch the region.
Though some warnings have been lifted, an excessive heat warning is still in effect for the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, the interior valleys of Ventura County and all mountain communities.
Temperatures in most areas are forecasted to drop three to four degrees from Monday to Tuesday, and will continue in a steady decrease by one to two degrees each day through Sunday after a sweltering weekend.
Some cloud cover will help lower the temperatures and end the streak of record-breaking heat. Southern Californians shouldn't expect much too rain with the clouds, though.
"I'm not expecting anything heavy in terms of monsoonal thunderstorms," said NBC4 forecaster Carl Bell. "But it could present itself as dry lightning, which is in some cases worse, because it’s sometimes responsible for setting some wildfires."
Dry lightning was responsible for sparking the deadly fire in Prescott, Ariz., that killed 19 firefighters.
High desert communities will have to muscle through the triple-digit temperatures throughout the week with highs staying in the 100s. They'll get relief at night with lows in the 70s.
Highs in the valleys will drop 10 degrees by the end of the week, from 104 degrees Monday to 94 Saturday and Sunday. Lows will stay in the mid-to-low 60s all week.
The coast will have a comfortable week with highs dropping to the low-70s by midweek and lows staying in the mid-60s.
The Inland Empire will see highs in the 90s all week and lows in the upper-60s.
Metro Los Angeles and inland Orange County will see highs in the mid-80s to upper-70s by the end of the week, and consistent lows in the mid-60s.
Mountain communities will see highs in the mid-80s throughout the week. Lows will dip into the 40s and 50s.