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Heat wave scorches California

A heat wave moved its way through California Friday morning where temperatures were already topping 90 degrees Fahrenheit across many areas of the Los Angeles basin. The heat wave is expected to worsen over the weekend as temperatures could hit 120 degrees in the desert.


A construction worker is shown atop a roof at sunrise to beat daytime high temperatures Thursday in Queen Creek, Ariz. Excessive heat warnings will continue for much of the Desert Southwest as building high pressure triggers a major heat wave in eastern California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Matt York/AP

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Temperatures spiked as a heat wave moved west into California, where residents and officials prepared for a broiling weekend that could see temperatures hit 120 in the deserts.

The National Weather Service issued excessive-heat warnings beginning Friday through Sunday night for areas from Santa Barbara County south to the Mexican border. Forecasters expected triple-digit highs in many areas — even above 5,000 feet in the mountains.

Excessive-heat watches were also posted for the 450-mile length of the Central Valley from Bakersfield north to Redding, and advisories were issued for interior valleys of the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay region, where highs are expected to range from the 90s to 105.


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