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Heat Wave Persists across So. California

UPDATED 9 PM PDT, May 1, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Matt Mehallow

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Record heat will show no signs of letting up on Friday as high pressure remains anchored over the region. The San Bernardino and San Joaquin valleys will bear the brunt of the heat, but the Los Angeles and San Diego metro areas will also feel the dangerous heat as the workweek comes to a close.

This unseasonable heat wave will continue unabated on Friday across southern California and a few records could be challenged as well. Inland valley locations will see high temperatures surge into the 80s and 90s Friday afternoon, with highs coming close to the triple digit mark in places such as Ontario, Fresno and Riverside, Calif. These temperatures are 20 to 25 degrees warmer than average for early May.

Unlike Wednesday and Thursday, the Santa Ana winds are expected to diminish early on Friday, resulting in a decreased chance for fire dangers across drought-stricken southern California. More comfortable temperatures will return to southern California this weekend as the upper high weakens and an onshore flow develops.

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