Mountain Areas Under Fire Weather Watch

Scorching heat returned to the Southland this week.

But that's not all. Low humidity means an increased risk of wildfires, prompting  the National Weather Service to issue a fire weather watch.

The watch, indicating that weather conditions will be ripe for  wildfires, will be in effect from 9 a.m. Wednesday through 9 p.m. Friday for  the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo  counties.

"Building high pressure aloft over the region will produce very dry and  hot conditions over the mountains of southwestern California today through  the end of the week," according to a National Weather Service advisory. "Expect single-digit humidities and triple-digit temperatures today to become  more widespread on Wednesday and continue through Friday."

Single-digit humidity, the heat and dry brush prompted the fire weather watch.

"Valley locations are also expected to experience periods of  single-digit humidities during the next few days, but is not expected to reach  critical red flag duration thresholds," according to the advisory.

Forecasters said temperatures will begin increasing Wednesday, with some  valley, mountain and desert locations across the region reaching 100 degrees. The hottest temperatures are expected to hit inland locations Thursday through  Saturday, with the heat reaching as high as 105 degrees in the warmest areas,  according to the NWS.

People looking for an escape should head for the beaches, where  temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s and 80s.

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