Heat Wave to Bring Possible Record-Breaking Temps to SoCal

An early-season heat wave could bring record-breaking temperatures to Southern California this week, forecasters said Monday.

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The sweltering heat was expected to arrive on Tuesday, with highs climbing to 100 degrees in a few spots, according to the National Weather Service.

New record highs could be set across some valley and coastal locations as temperatures remain about 20 degrees warmer than normal through Thursday, according to the forecast.

Gusty Santa Ana winds Tuesday and Wednesday were also expected to join the unseasonably hot weather.

Forecasters urged Southern Californians to drink plenty of fluids, dress in lightweight clothing, and to check on neighbors, especially the elderly.

Drivers were warned not to leave kids, the elderly or pets in a car, even for a short time. Temperatures can rise to life threatening levels even if windows are partially open.