By Brian Lada – AccuWeather

The mercury will be on the rise across California through the rest of the week, challenging records across much of the state and helping to intensify the ongoing drought.

Records could fall from Redding to Sacramento and across the Southern Californian cities of Los Angeles and San Diego.

This heat wave will be similar to the one that occurred around the middle of March, but temperatures are expected to reach higher levels this time around.

Afternoon highs are forecast to rise well into the 80s across the Sacramento Valley to right around the 90-degree mark in the San Joaquin Valley on both Thursday and Friday.

The hottest weather will focus across the inland areas of Southern California and the deserts where highs will top out well in the 90s to near 100 F.

While some may enjoy the warmth, it will bring dangers to those…

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