Southern California Faces Possible Record-Breaking Heat, Increased Wildfire Risk This Weekend

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Climbing temperatures and burgeoning wildfires — including two stubborn blazes that erupted Friday in the Los Angeles area — marked the start of what could be a troubling weekend for much of California, authorities said.

The heat wave was expected to intensify Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service said. Temperatures could reach triple digits even in some coastal communities, according to forecasters. Higher demand for electricity and the risk of heat-related illness are expected to accompany the above-average temperatures, authorities said.