Los Angeles Weather
September 28, 2010 by staff
Los Angeles Weather, LOS ANGELES – California’s blistering heat wave sent temperatures falling to record a record 113 degrees Monday in downtown Los Angeles, and many sought refuge on the beach or in the shade.
Downtown hit 113 degrees for a few minutes at 12:15 pm, breaking the old record of 112 degrees set on June 26, 1990, said Stuart Seto, weather specialist in the office of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Temperature records from the date the center until 1877.
The historic milestone was part of an attack by temperatures over 100 degrees in many cities from Anaheim, home of Disneyland, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz and Salinas on the central coast usually warm. Many records were set or tied.
Firefighters made heavy hoses uphill battle small brush fire west, but persistent in Los Angeles in Thousand Oaks, while other workers in less strenuous jobs also struggled throughout the day.
“I literally have sweat rolling down my back now,” the graphic designer Christine Nguyen said she had a suitcase full of materials for an appointment in the city. “I can not wait to get home and take a cold shower.”
Travellers waiting for buses, even sought refuge in the shade lighter than 6 inches wide of the poles.
Jorge Marin, 49, sang a song of his church, waving an orange flag over a sidewalk to invite drivers to park it.
“Like a ray of sunshine that falls on me, it burns, how it burns,” he sang in Spanish.
Giant Los Angeles Unified School District canceled all outdoor activities, including sports competitions and practices.
electricity demand was much higher than normal for this time of year, but no problems or deficiencies were expected on the grid of state, said Gregg Fishman, spokesman for the Independent System Operator California, which controls about 80 percent of network.
“It’s manageable. We have the resources available,” he said.
Demand is expected to reach 46,000 megawatts, up from 38,300 megawatts last year, he said.
Mother Nature served as California in a pan, some people were able to seek relief on the beaches – but not the hundreds of thousands of people turned out at the weekend as the built-in heat wave.
“Because it’s Monday and is a school day, the audience is much smaller, (but) it seems that many people are not going to work or school,” said Los Angeles County lifeguard Capt. Angus Alexander.
Alexander said that Monday was one of the best beach days of the year, with clear visibility all the way to Santa Catalina Island, a popular tourist destination about 20 miles from the mainland.
The city of Los Angeles asked people to use parks and recreation facilities, senior centers and libraries as cooling centers. A half-dozen high places should remain open until 9 pm, the Department of Emergency Management, said.
Umbrellas were the accessories needed for many women to venture along the sizzling sidewalks.
The heat did not deter tourists from setting images Walk of Fame star on the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard, but Don Macfarlane, 59, of Melbourne, Australia, said he would not have been on the beach.
“I expected that this part of the world to be quite warm but not hot this,” he said.
It felt like an oven Dilia Rosada, 24, a lawyer in the Dominican Republic who was in Los Angeles to meet her fiance’s family.
“We thought it was normal to be hot, but this is hotter than our country,” he said.
The National Weather Service said the site dry heat was caused by a ridge of high pressure over the West that is kept moist normal Pacific Ocean and the influence of cold at bay.
Conditions are expected to stay hot Tuesday, but not as extreme. Forecasters said the crest is derived from this and allow some cooling to the end of the week, with moist air flowing from the south creating the possibility of showers and thunderstorms Wednesday through Friday.
Firefighters were on alert for forest fires, but there was little wind in the middle of the avalanche of dry heat.
Red flag fire warnings were issued in some areas, but mainly due to explosive effect on vegetation once the dangerous combination of low humidity and winds offshore. Air movement remained at best instead of forming breeze gusts of winds of Santa Ana linked to wildfires.
The explosion in the early fall of intense heat is an unusually cold summer, which often are the beaches covered in cloud and lashed by cold winds.
“It’s been a long time since we got this hot,” Seto said, adding: “. It’s like our summer unexpected”
The 113 recorded in downtown Los Angeles would not be so notable in the town of inland valleys and deserts of Southern California – the highest temperature recorded in the county of Los Angeles was 119 in the community of San Fernando Valley Woodland Hills on July 22, 2006 – but top of the center are usually well below those areas.
“Usually there is more of a coastal sea breeze moderates (zones) and the center,” said NWS meteorologist Eric Boldt.
Associated Press Writers Raquel Maria Dillon, Jacob Adelman and Robert Jablon contributed to this report.
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