LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Red flag warnings denoting a high risk of wildfire, wind advisories warning of destructive high winds, and excessive heat warnings outlining significant health risks amid triple-digit temperatures are in effect in the Southland Wednesday and scheduled to expire tonight.
The red flag warnings were scheduled to be in effect everywhere in Los Angeles County, except for the Antelope Valley, and parts of Ventura County until 6 p.m.
The wind advisories will expire at 2 p.m., but the excessive heat warnings, which were due to expire at 8 p.m. Tuesday, are now scheduled to remain in force until 8 tonight.
"The very high temperatures create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible,'' warned a National Weather Service statement. Temperatures inside vehicles, even if the windows are partially open, can quickly rise to life-threatening levels.''
The NWS forecast sunny skies today and highs of 85 on Mount Wilson; 87 in Palmdale; 88 in Lancaster; 90 in Avalon; 95 at LAX; 98 in Long Beach; 100 in Downtown L.A., San Gabriel, Burbank and Woodland Hills; and 101 in Pasadena.
Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 84 in Laguna Beach; 87 in Newport Beach and San Clemente; 100 in Mission Viejo and Yorba Linda; 101 in Fullerton; and 102 in Anaheim and Irvine.
Temperatures in L.A. and Orange counties will be up to 12 degrees lower Thursday.
Downtown Los Angeles Tuesday reached its hottest temperature in more than a century, and heat records fell across the region.
The 104 in Downtown L.A. broke the record for an October 24 of 99 degrees set in 1909. The temperature at Los Angeles International Airport also reached 104, breaking the record of 96 set in 1965, while Long Beach Airport hit 105 degrees, breaking the 98-degree record also set in 1965.
Burbank Airport set a record at 103 degrees, topping the 1968 record of 99 degrees, and UCLA topped out at 101 degrees breaking the record of 96 degrees set in 2007.
In Orange County, Newport Beach hit a record high of 92 degrees, breaking the record of 85 set in 1965, while Santa Ana reached 104, breaking the 1965 record of 98.