Weather records fall as temperatures soar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It is definitely the hottest beginning of summer we’ve had in quite some time.” In Woodland Hills, typically one of the hottest spots in the Los Angeles basin, Friday’s 112 degree high broke the record of 110 degrees set in 1976. It also broke the record for 15 consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures. The city will keep its senior centers open this weekend from noon-5 p.m. to provide residents an air-conditioned place to seek relief. City pools, along with malls, movie theaters and, of course, the beaches, are expected to be packed. In addition to taking advantage of shady and air-conditioned areas, health officials urged residents to drink plenty of fluids; wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing; and never leave children or pets inside vehicles. Most importantly, they ask that people take special care of infants and young children, the elderly and others who have chronic conditions such as heart disease or lung problems. WOODLAND HILLS – The West San Fernando Valley suffered Friday through a record 16th day of triple-digit heat as temperatures soared to 112 degrees – also a record. And statewide, the unrelenting heat wave sparked a tremendous demand for air conditioning, with power officials reporting they’d supplied a record amount of electricity. Sporadic power outages were reported throughout the San Fernando and surrounding valleys – problems that officials blamed on the heat. And with scorching temperatures and high humidity expected through the weekend, forecasters say Southern California is set for, well, a record-breaking summer. “Southern California is not used to high humidity values,” said Jamie Meier, a National Weather Service meteorologist. “When we have so much moisture in the atmosphere, it makes the high temperature that much more unbearable. “While it’s potentially dangerous for anybody if they’re in the heat too long, it’s a particular concern for those vulnerable groups,” said Dr. Paul Simon, director of health assessment and epidemiology for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. “It’s very easy with the heat and humidity to become dehydrated. If that progresses, the body’s ability to cool is compromised and they can become overheated, develop cramps, become disoriented, and that could progress to loss of consciousness.” The California Independent System Operator, which runs most of the state’s power grid, asked residents to cut their power use this weekend. By Friday afternoon, peak demand had surpassed 49,000 megawatts – setting a record for the second time this week. The previous record of 46,561 megawatts was set on Monday. One megawatt is approximately enough electricity to run 700 homes. angie.valencia@dailynews.com (818) 713-3699160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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