NWS issues heat alert for Southern California

NWS issues heat alert for Southern California

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat alert for Southern California, saying temperatures will likely increase to around 100 degrees on Friday and the peak of the heat wave will extend from Saturday through Monday next week.

According to weather experts, the heat wave is being produced by an upper-level ridge of high pressure that is building off the coast of the Golden State combined with waning onshore flow.

The recently-issued alert has also warned that the scorching heat wave would increase the danger of wildfires in the already parched region.

In Los Angeles, temperature is expected to hit 95 degrees or more, which would be highest temperature in the region since mid of May this year. In beach areas, temperatures are expected to be in the 80s during the heat wave.

Health officials have warned that the heat wave could cause health issues, so people, particularly the elderly and frail, should stay indoors and hydrated.

Jeffery Gunzenhauser, the interim health officer for the Los Angeles County, said, "Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days."

Frequently erupting wildfires in California, which is in the grip of severe drought for the third year in a row, are also contributing to soaring temperatures in the state. Even a few hours of exertion in high temperatures can cause heat exhaustion, severe dehydration, heat cramps, and heat stroke.

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