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‘Dangerous’ Heat Headed for Southern California This Weekend Into Next

A scorching heat wave is headed for Southern California this weekend and early next week, prompting excessive heat watches and warnings as "dangerous" temperatures are possible for some areas.

"It looks like it will be a very hot Father's Day, straight to the beginning of the week," said NBC4 meteorologist Shanna Mendiola.

Temperatures are forecast to climb sharply starting Saturday. Monday will be the hottest day, with temperatures ranging between 100 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service.

An excessive heat watch will be in effect in most of L.A. County on Monday.

The blistering heat is a result from "an extremely strong area of high pressure'' over Arizona and New Mexico, the NWS said. While some relief is expected in coastal and valley areas Tuesday, sweltering heat will remain in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Santa Clarita Valley.

For those trying to stay cool at the beach, a high surf advisory will be in effect until 9 p.m. Friday in along the coast in L.A. and Orange counties, where waves of 3 to 6 feet are expected.

Forecasters warned of an elevated fire danger due to the high heat and humidity levels. The weather conditions are especially critical in Santa Barbara County, where a fire near Refugio State Beach has burned 4,000 acres.

Southland residents were advised to schedule outdoor work only early in the morning or in the evening, and take precautions to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Children, the elderly and pets were should also be closely monitored during the scorching heat.

Power outages are likely during hot weather conditions, as electricity demands will be high. Residents are urged to turn thermostats to 78 degrees or higher. According to the LADWP, conservation is particularly essential from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For a list of cooling centers and more hot weather tips, click here.

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