LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Southland again will bake in dry heat today, creating what the National Weather Service (NWS) called an "elevated fire danger" falling short of red flag conditions.
"A strong upper-level high-pressure system in combination with weak onshore flow near the surface brought record-breaking triple-digit heat to portions of the valleys and foothills on Sunday," noted an NWS advisory.
"Similar hot and dry conditions are expected across interior sections on Monday, with temperatures once again approaching record levels."
The high heat combined with low humidity levels and occasional gusty winds will "create elevated fire danger for inland areas and the the Santa Barbara Coast through Monday evening," according to the advisory. "Although widespread red flag conditions are not expected, local critical fire fire weather cannot be ruled out through Monday."
The inland areas mentioned in the advisory include the Santa Clarita, Antelope and northern San Fernando valleys, said NWS meteorologist Dave Bruno.
The NWS forecast sunny skies today and highs of 74 in Avalon; 79 in Newport Beach and at LAX; 82 on Mount Wilson; 88 in downtown L.A.; 89 in Long Beach; 95 in San Gabriel; 97 in Anaheim, Pasadena and Palmdale; 98 in Lancaster; 99 in Burbank; 101 in Saugus; and 102 in Woodland Hills. A cooling trend is expected starting Wednesday.