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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — An unseasonable spring heat wave is building in California under the influence of a high pressure system that is sending air rushing toward the coast and offshore.

Forecasters warn of record or near-record heat this week in the regions around San Francisco and Monterey bays, while in the south the high temperatures will be compounded by gusty Santa Ana winds and low humidity, ramping up wildfire danger.

Los Angeles and neighboring cities have activated parking restrictions in areas adjacent to brushlands so that fire trucks won’t have difficulty getting through if needed.

With the offshore flow pushing back the normal cooling of ocean air, coastal areas may warm into the 90s while valleys hit the 100s.

The heat wave is expected to peak on Wednesday, but last through Thursday.

Following are record highs this week for our region.
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Wednesday
Redding ………….100 set in 1927
Red Bluff…………100 set in 1987
Sacramento………..103 set in 1987
Sacramento Exec……100 set in 1972
Stockton………….100 set in 1972
Modesto…………..102 set in 1972
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Thursday
Redding ………….103 set in 2008
Red Bluff…………104 set in 2008
Sacramento……….. 99 set in 1927
Sacramento Exec…… 99 set in 2008
Stockton………….100 set in 1972
Modesto…………..101 set in 1972

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