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Heat Wave Prompts Red Flag Warning In Southland

June 30, 2007
(CBS) LOS ANGELES Just as California is ending the driest rainfall year in modern history, a slow-moving high-pressure system is expected to park itself over the Southland, promising hot temperatures, and wildfire danger, peaking around the Fourth of July.

A red flag warning was issued for the mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties early Saturday. And the National Weather Service issued a special weather advisory, warning of temperatures of 104 degrees in the San Fernando Valley and 107 degrees in Lancaster and Riverside by Independence Day.

Since July 1, only 3.21 inches of rain has fallen in downtown Los Angeles, way shy of the norm of 15 inches and the driest rainy season since record-keeping started in the late 1870s.

The red flag alert, affecting the mountains across all of Southern California, will stay in effect through at least Sunday night, according to the NWS.

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