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Newport Beach lifeguards and police clear the beach on Saturday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

CA - As beaches remain closed, second heat wave bears down on Southern California

Southern California’s second heat wave in as many weeks is poised to bring scorching temperatures that could break records in Los Angeles County by midweek.

The warm-up will begin Monday afternoon, with temperatures in the low to mid-70s along the coast and highs in the mid-80s to low-90s in the valleys. Temperatures are expected to peak Thursday, when it could reach nearly 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, according to the National Weather Service.

“We have a ridge of high pressure, which is a dome of warm air that’s pushing up over the area, along with a little bit of an offshore push out of the northeast that’s going to suppress our cooling sea breezes,” said David Sweet, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The result is a scorcher that will bake inland cities across L.A. and Orange counties with temperatures 20 to 25 degrees above normal through Friday, Sweet said.

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