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Triple-digit temperatures scorch Southern California

September 05, 2013|By Robert J. Lopez
  • A child cools off Thursday while playing in the fountains at California Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.
A child cools off Thursday while playing in the fountains at California… (Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty…)

Triple-digit temperatures scorched inland areas across Southern California on Thursday as a heat wave continued to grip the region and was expected to last into the weekend.

The blistering heat was being caused by high pressure that the National Weather Service said would continue through Sunday.

In Los Angeles County, Saugus hit 105 degrees on Thursday and Woodland Hills topped out at 104. Downtown Los Angeles reached 96 degrees, according to the Weather Service.

Along the coast, the Santa Monica Pier reached 76 degrees and Redondo Beach hit 78.

Fullerton in Orange County was 103 and Anaheim was 97. Laguna Beach hit 85 degrees, the Weather Service said.

In the Inland Empire, Lake Elsinore reached 107 degrees and Ontario recorded a high of 104. 

In the desert, Palm Springs was 108 and Blythe was 109.

Temperatures were expected to remain in the 80s and 70s throughout the night.

Temperatures will drop on Saturday and Sunday but will still be above normal, according to the Weather Service.

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