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The weekend is off to a very hot start with record-breaking temperatures across several communities in Southern California on Friday.

Downtown Los Angeles topped at 108 degrees, shattering its previous record of 94 degrees set on this day in 1992, according to the National Weather Service.

Monthly and all-time records were also broken.

The high temperature was 114 degrees at Burbank Airport, surpassing the 103 set in 1976.

At Van Nuys Airport, the mercury reached 117 degrees, breaking the old daily record of 99 from 2017.

Woodland Hills shattered its daily record with 117 degrees. The previous record of 106 was established on July 6, 1976.

Triple-digit temperatures were also present in Ventura County. The high temperature at Camarillo Airport was recorded at 101 degreees, shattering the old daily record of 87 from 2011.

Orange County also had its fair share of all-time records broken on Friday, the weather service stated.

Santa Ana saw a high temperature of 114 degrees, passing its previous record of 112 set on June 14, 1917.

In Newport Beach, the day's high temperature was recorded at 83 degrees, just one degree above the record set in 1936.

Temperatures are forecast to dip slightly as the weekend progresses. However, an excessive heat warning is in effect for much of the Southland through 9 p.m. Saturday. Meanwhile, a red flag warning is set to expire a few hours earlier at 6 p.m.

The extreme heat was posing a challenge for firefighters battling multiple brush fires, including the Box Fire burning near the Cajon Pass. The blaze had charred approximately 100 acres by early afternoon, officials said.

Residents without access to air conditioning are encouraged to seek relief from the heat at various public facilities being used as cooling centers across L.A. County. More information about those centers is available at http://lacounty.gov/heat or by calling 211.