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Heat wave could make this the hottest World Series ever

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Temperatures could reach 100 degrees as the Dodgers take on the Astros

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LA temperatures are expected to surpass 100 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Editor's Note: This post was originally published October 23, 2017, and has been updated with the most recent information.

A perfectly timed fall hot streak has the Dodgers back in the World Series for the first time since 1988. Unfortunately, LA’s weather is also pretty hot lately.

AccuWeather reports that Tuesday and Wednesday—when the Dodgers and Houston Astros will meet in Los Angeles for the first two games of the series—could bring high temperatures of 100 and 102 degrees, respectively.

Update: The National Weather Service now predicts a high of 103 degrees for Tuesday and a high of 99 degrees for Wednesday.

Both games have a chance to be the hottest ever played in the World Series—a sporting event that dates to 1903 (or 1884, depending on which baseball historian you ask).

AccuWeather notes that the previous temperature record for a World Series game was set on October 27, 2001, when the New York Yankees took on the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. At the hottest point of that day, the temperature reached 98 degrees, but the weather had cooled to the mid 90s by game time.

In addition to making baseball history, Tuesday and Wednesday’s temperatures could also be the hottest ever recorded in Los Angeles on those particular dates. Behind the scorching heat are a high pressure system and “gusty Santa Ana winds,” according to the National Weather Service.

Heat advisories are in effect for the greater Los Angeles region and the risk of fire is high. The Weather Service has issued a red flag warning through Wednesday.

The players should get a reprieve from the heat when the series moves back to Houston Friday. There, temperatures over the weekend are projected to peak around the high 60s or mid 70s.

In LA, the forecast isn’t doing too much to deter baseball fans eager to see the Dodgers compete for their first title in 29 years. The average ticket price for Game 1 is $3,300.

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