Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert Thursday amid triple-digit temperatures and ongoing drought conditions.
The summer-like weather was expected to continue through the weekend, with the hottest days likely to be on Friday and Saturday.
Widespread triple digit heat was forecast inland with some coastal areas even soaring well into the 90s, according to the National Weather Service.
People were urged to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours if possible.
Dry conditions and offshore breezes were expected to combine with the hot temperatures resulting in dangerous fire conditions, according to officials.
Red flag warnings in effect Thursday for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties were scheduled to continue into Friday evening, the weather service stated.
The heat wave comes amid an ongoing and historic drought.
Data from the National Drought Mitigation Center on Thursday showed about 58 percent of California was experiencing “exceptional” drought conditions, the worst category on the center's five level scale.
At the beginning of 2014, no part of the state was in the “exceptional” drought category.