Forecasters predicted Sunday could be the hottest day yet in a mid-summer heat wave that has scorched parts of SoCal and left many looking for relief from the heat and humidity.
"Dangerous heat" was expected over the Los Angeles and Ventura County valleys and mountains through Sunday and possibly into Monday, the National Weather Service said.
A large ridge of high pressure over the Southwest United States will continue to bring triple digit temperatures to the area, the NWS said.
In addition, Monsoonal moisture could trigger high humidity and scattered thunderstorms in the mountains, deserts, and the Inland Empire through Sunday evening. The slow movement of the storms "will result in an increased potential for locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding," the NWS said.
A flash flood watch was in effect for the region.
The high temperatures, and subtropical moisture brought the heat index to as much as 107 in the San Gabriel Mountains on Saturday.
Lightning sparked a grass and brush fire in the barren northeastern corner of Los Angeles County but firefighters were able to gain ground on it by Sunday afternoon.
The 375-acre blaze was about 70 percent contained around 3:30 p.m., Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Mark Savage said.
Relief may be on the horizon, though.
A low pressure trough, moving in from the Pacific Ocean, is on its way. That means a deeper fog layer, and cooler temperatures, will arrive by Wednesday, the NWS said.
Cooling Center Information
- North Hollywood Senior Citizen Center, 5301 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood
- Sepulveda Recreation Center/Mid-Valley Senior Citizen Center, 8801 Kester Ave., Panorama City
- Sunland Park Senior Citizen Center, 8640 Fenwick St., Sunland
- Sylmar Recreation Center, 13109 Borden Ave., Sylmar
- Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Senior Citizen Center, 5040 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks
- Canoga Park Senior Citizen Center, 7326 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park
For more information about LA cooling centers, residents can call 2-1-1.
Officials also reminder drivers to be weary of children, City News Service reported:
- Put a teddy bear in your child's car seat. When you put the child in the seat, move the teddy bear up front with you. The visual reminder will lower the chance of you leaving the child in the car when you get out.
- If you see a child, dependent adult or pet alone in a hot vehicle, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out immediately. Call 911 for help.
- Don't leave your car keys where kids can get them. Always make sure that your car is locked so children cannot get in without adult supervision.
- Teach your children about the dangers of a hot car, especially the trunk.