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Heat Advisory issued July 03 at 3:54AM PDT until July 03 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS

...HOT TEMPERATURES TO IMPACT THE INLAND NORTHWEST... TRIPLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES AROUND 103 DEGREES OR ABOVE WILL BE IN PLACE THROUGH FRIDAY. HOTTEST TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE SNAKE AND CLEARWATER RIVER VALLEYS...CENTRAL BASIN...AND IN LOWER ELEVATIONS ACROSS THE OKANOGAN VALLEY AND WENATCHEE AREA. ...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM PDT THIS EVENING...

Today

Hi105° Hot

Tonight

Lo74° Clear

Independence Day

Hi101° Hot

Saturday Night

Lo72° Clear

Sunday

Hi98° Hot

Sunday Night

Lo72° Clear

Monday

Hi101° Hot

Monday Night

Lo72° Mostly Clear

Tuesday

Hi99° Hot

Tuesday Night

Lo72° Clear

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In East Los Angeles, on counters of neighborhood "taquerias" you can see the huge glass "vitroleros," beehive-shaped jars filled with "aguas frescas" in a spectrum of stunning colors. Each flavor is like a point of reference on a color wheel: the deep magenta of "jamaica" (a variety of hibiscus flower), the pale green of honeydew melon or cucumber-lime, the scarlet of just-made "sandia" (watermelon), rice-based "horchata's" milky white.

Aguas frescas have a long tradition in Mexico and Latin America, where the "fresh waters" — made with fresh fruit or rice, tamarind pods or dried hibiscus flowers, sugar and water — are the perfect thirst-quencher for hot weather and sometimes-hotter cuisine. In the pre-Columbian 15th century, the story goes, Aztec farmers would paddle their canoes into Tenochtitlán (now Mexico City) with fresh fruit that they would mash and mix with water for a refreshing drink.

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