Heat peaks Wednesday; weekend much cooler

    A short-lived period of very warm conditions will precede summer’s arrival on Saturday. 

    Mostly sunny conditions will prevail Monday and Tuesday as temperatures increase each day. It will remain cooler at the beaches with temperatures in the lower to middle 80s. 

    While the urban inland corridor will be sweltering by Wednesday afternoon, with heat indices nearing 100 degrees, it will be slightly more comfortable at the beaches, according to the National Weather Service. Then Thursday will usher in some improvement from the oppressive conditions. 

    The summery weather may spark a few hours of strong thunderstorms during the afternoon hours on Wednesday and possibly Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. 

    By Friday, temperatures will be much cooler, with mostly sunny skies and highs around 70 at the coast and upper 70s inland. Temperatures will remain similar for the weekend, although the current National Weather Service forecast calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms both days. 

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