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It's Hot, In Case You Haven't Noticed

Was it really 112 in Beverly Hills?


David Ganezer

A couple embrace along the waters edge. It was cooler at the beach, but not by much.

We are nearing the Summer Solstice, and it was hotter than a pistol in Southern California today. It was 106 in Woodland Hills and Monday will be yet hotter. Similar temperatures were recorded in Beverly Hills and Woodland Hills, Glendale and Burbank, in San Bernardino and Riverside.

In downtown Santa Monica, it was 90 degrees Farenheit. The beaches offered little relief from the heat

Fies burned, in Santa Barbara of course, but there were also dangerous fires in Silver Lake and San Diego County. The Border Fire east of San Diego had burned 1,500 acres, and officials evacuated the town of Potrero.

The 106-degree reading in Burbank set a new record for the day and Woodland Hills tied its record. One National Weather Service weather station recorded a 112-degree temperature in Beverly Hills.

In Silver Lake, a fire quickly spread to brush along the 2 Freeway, prompting firefighters to call for more resources and air support. The freeway was closed in both directions near its terminus in Echo Park.

Fire Department helicopters dropped water along the freeway, and firefighters drenched houses with water to prevent structure losses. 5 acres of brush burned and two homes were damaged, according to the LAFD. About 20 homes were threatened before the blaze was extinguished.

As the heat wave taxes California's power supply, regulators announced a Flex Alert in Southern California for Monday, calling on residents and businesses to conserve power.

The California Independent System Operator said the alert will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. The biggest concern will be Monday afternoon, when air conditions will be at peak use. At this time conservation is not mandatory.

"Consumers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances after 9 p.m. and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher. During times of high temperatures, demand on the power grid can be strained, as air conditioner use increases," Cal ISO said in a statement.


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