Record breaking heat sizzles Southern California

A heat wave is sweeping across Southern California this week, making it nearly impossible to get to work or class without flushed cheeks, short breath or a glistening face. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning Tuesday morning, which will last through Wednesday night.

“Everybody’s going to be climbing within three degrees of the records or breaking them,” Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service, told the Los Angeles Times. “With the humidity added to the heat, it will feel even hotter.”

Highs are set for triple digits in the valley, and only simmer down a bit inland — Downtown Los Angeles is expected to hit a high of 99 degrees Tuesday and 97 degrees Wednesday.

The Weather Service is advising residents to drink lots of fluids, stay in air-conditioned areas, avoid the sun and check up on friends and family in order to avoid dangerous heat illnesses.

Southern Californians can look forward to getting outside without melting this weekend, however, with expected highs in the 70s and 80s.