LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Temperatures soared as Southern California entered its sixth day of a continuing heat wave that strained energy supplies and sent thousands to beaches and shopping malls in search of cooler climes.

A large and forceful high pressure system pushed the mercury to roughly 10 degrees above normal across the west Saturday.

California is among eight states that reported higher than normal temperatures. Authorities in numerous states issued warnings for everything from fire danger to energy use to dehydration —
and even to be on lookout for hungry bears.

Kaj Goldberg, meteorologist for CBS2 and KCAL9, says temperatures in some of the valley areas could reach 105 degrees; 107 in the high desert communities; highs in the upper 80s downtown and upper 70s to mid-80s at the beaches.

Goldberg says the mountains could see daytime highs in the mid-80s with a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms.

David Sweet, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, says relief is in sight — the high pressure system is drifting east. By Tuesday, temperatures should be back to normal.

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