The fog and cool weather that lingered this week might have dampened some Fourth of July plans, but prepare for a serious warm-up Monday and Tuesday.
Along the coast, temperatures are forecast to climb to 80 degrees Monday and sunshine will be plentiful, making for perfect beach weather.
A prolonged period of "very warm" temperatures are in store across the Los Angeles area through much of next week as a strong high pressure system above the central and eastern portions of the country barrels westward, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.
For travelers, in a special weather statement issued Friday, forecasters warned of dry conditions and triple-digit heat in the Antelope Valley and some mountain areas.
On the Westside, temperatures will stay in the upper- to mid-70s for most of the week. The reprieve won't take effect immediately, as the weekend forecast calls for patchy fog Saturday and Sunday. The gloom is expected to start clearing Monday.