Jonah Stovall, 5, cools off on a hot afternoon at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Rancho Cucamonga, as a heat wave grips Southern California on 9 OCtober 2015, with one Ventura County community hitting the highest temperature reading since record-keeping began. Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

By Joseph Serna
10 October 2015

(Los Angeles Times) – A heat wave gripped Southern California on Friday, with one Ventura County community hitting the highest temperature reading since record-keeping began.

A weather station near Camarillo Airport recorded 108 degrees, breaking the all-time high of 103 recorded on 23 September 1978. Elsewhere, triple-digit readings were recorded in Long Beach as well as various valley locations.

In downtown L.A. and Long Beach, the heat could reach 99 degrees and in Woodland Hills, the National Weather Service predicts it could top out at 105 degrees, nearing the daily record of 107 degrees set in 1971, said weather specialist Stuart Seto.

“It’s going to be low humidity, so there’s some elevated fire weather concerns,” Seto said.

For Angelenos looking for relief, head to high ground, Seto suggested. It will be 90 degrees at the beaches with dangerous waves and strong rip currents warding off swimmers, but in Big Bear and around Mt. Wilson, temperatures should remain comfortably in the low 80s. [more]

All-time heat record set amid triple-digit temperatures across Southern California

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