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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — It’s going to be as hot as a firecracker in the valleys and inland areas through the Fourth of July with triple-digit heat expected to stick around.

The marine layer up against the coastline Sunday shrouded crowded beaches, bringing with it some relief with highs reaching into the mid-70s.

But warm temperatures are forecast Monday, with highs in downtown reaching the upper-80s; 100 in the Valleys and mid-70s along the coast.

Central and Northern California are also experiencing some very warm conditions with heat watches in place from San Francisco all the way through the Central Valley.

Forecasters say a bit of a break is expected by Thursday.

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