LOS ANGELES, CA — A ridge of high pressure is moving in above the West Coast bringing the first major heat wave of the year to Los Angeles this week. Temperatures are expected to climb dramatically starting Thursday reaching the mid 90s across a wide swath of Los Angeles County, according to the National Weather Service.
After an unusually rainy spring, the sunny warm weather would normally tempt the crowds to the beaches and trails, but health officials are warning residents to resist the urge to crowd outdoor spaces. Los Angeles County beaches, parks and popular trails remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis called on residents not to abandon social distancing measures to go outside and enjoy the warm weather.
"The weather is getting beautiful, and we share your desire to have a plan for recovery," she said. "As I mentioned last week, in order for us to be able to safely relax our Safer At Home order, we need to make sure that we do this in a way that doesn't result in a surge in hospitalizations and deaths."
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures are expected to climb by 10 degrees from the mid 70s Tuesday to the mid 80s by Wednesday afternoon. By Friday afternoon, Los Angeles is expected to reach a high of 95 degrees in the Valleys and Downtown. A gradual cooldown will kick in Sunday, with the Los Angeles high reaching the upper and mid 80s much of next week, the weather service forecasts.
“With high pressure and offshore flow building in this week, we're expecting a taste of summer with a heat wave Thu-Sun,” the weather service tweeted. “The hottest temperatures are expected Fri/Sat ranging from the mid 80s to mid 90s! Make sure to stay hydrated and limit outdoor activities.”
City News Service contributed to this report.