A sweltering heat wave will blanket Southern California through the middle of the week, elevating fire danger and likely breaking many heat records, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service on Monday issued an excessive-heat warning through Wednesday, saying the high temperatures will create “a dangerous situation” this week. The Antelope Valley and other inland valleys are expected to face the worst heat this week, with triple-digit temperatures. The record

books are already being rewritten in places like Lancaster and Palmdale. On Sunday, temperatures ranged from the high 70s along the coast and in downtown Los Angeles to 106 in Woodland Hills, 102 in Van Nuys and 116 in Palm Springs. Records could break again Monday, with temperatures expected to reach 110 in Woodland Hills, 109 in Lancaster and 111 in Paso Robles, according to the service. READ MORE