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How hot is it? Don't ask! Central, South Coasts hit by heat wave which could last through Labor Day

A heat wave could mean record to near records temperatures for the Central and South Coasts though Labor Day.

Meteorologists say beaches could have highs in 90's, with some interior valleys topping out around 115.

Some people are escaping the heat by swimming in a pool in Thousand Oaks. In this case, it’s the Conejo Valley’s Community Pool on the Cal Lutheran campus.

It’s busy, and going to get much busier with the biggest heat wave of the year hitting the Tri-Counties. Pam Spranklin is excited to take a dip. "This place is packed when it's hot," said Spranklin. Is she tempted to linger in the pool to escape the heat? "Yes...if they had a place where you could buy food, I'd be here all day!"

You can blame a buildup of high pressure over the Western United States for the heat wave.

"For this time of year, this is not an unusual weather pattern for us to be experiencing," said Rich Thompson, who's a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. He said we could see some of the hottest weather during the heat wave Wednesday. Then, after a little dip Thursday and Friday, he said more sizzling temperatures are on the way for the Labor Day holiday weekend.

How hot will it get? The beaches could be in the 90's, and some valleys in the Tri-Counties could top 115 before the heat wave ends.

Some high temperature records could fall. But more importantly, the heat could be downright dangerous. The National Weather Service issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Ventura County, and most of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties through Labor Day. The warning means you should avoid outdoor activities during the day, and make sure you are well hydrated.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.