Southern California faced more summer-like weather Wednesday as a spring heat wave headed toward its peak.
Heat advisories for a swath of the region were expected to be in effect until Thursday night, the National Weather Service said.
Temperatures were expected to range from 85 to 90 degrees (29.4-32.2 Celsius) near some coastal areas and much higher inland due to the continuing influence of high pressure centered over northern Baja California.
On Tuesday, inland cities such as San Bernardino hit 99 (37 Celsius) while Palm Springs roasted at 106 degrees (41 Celsius).
Los Angeles County said eight cooling centers would operate from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday for people who lack air-conditioning at home. The centers will comply with physical distancing measures required due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Smog regulators warned of likely poor air quality in many areas of the South Coast Air Basin and the Coachella Valley.
“Although Los Angeles saw one of its greatest stretches of clean air in early spring due to rainfall and reduced economic activity that came as a result of the COVID-19 stay-at-home measures, these changes were only temporary,” the South Coast Air Quality Management District said.
Much cooler conditions are expected by the weekend due to a large low-pressure system over the northeast Pacific.
Here’s a list of cooling centers in Los Angeles County and their operating hours:
Emergency Cooling Center Hours:
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 – Thursday, May 7, 2020
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Ruben F. Salazar Park
3864 Whittier Blvd.
5525 N. Lake Ellen Ave
Mary M. Bethune Park
1244 E 61st Street
El Cariso Community Regional Park
13100 Hubbard St
South Whittier Library
11543 Colima Rd.
Loma Alta Park
3330 Lincoln Ave.
Jackie Robinson Park
8773 E Avemie R
Buena Vista Branch Library (City Facility)
300 N Buena Vista St