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Weak Santa Ana event creates hot temps around LA

Beverly Hills Hotel

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If you can find a pool like this one at the Beverly Hills Hotel, you may want to use it as triple-digit heat is predicted to return to Southern California.

The weekend heat will build today and Sunday around Los Angeles, according to the National Weather Service. Monday the Southland should expect near-record high temperatures due to conditions that are caused by a "weak Santa Ana event".

An upper level high pressure system will build across California tomorrow through Tuesday bringing hot and dry conditions to much of Southern California.

Valley residents should expect temperatures to soar into the triple digits Sunday the NWS predicts.

Fire danger will increase across our area on Sunday and peak early next week when hot temps will be mixed with dry conditions. A fire weather watch is in effect for Monday and Tuesday across the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as they will have a potential for offshore wind gusts of between 20 and 30 miles per hour. 


Silver Lake hit with back-to-back power outages due to record high heat

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A Traffic officer keeps the intersection of Sunset and Maltman safe during Silver Lake's second power outage of the day.

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A darkened strip mall on Sunset near Maltman during the second power outage to hit Silver Lake on Saturday.

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A brightly painted power box on Sunset and Maltman is lit by a streetlight that is not effected by the second power outage that hit Silver Lake Saturday.

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Traffic officers keep the intersection of Sunset and Maltman safe during Silver Lake's second power outage of the day.

The blistering heat caused a smattering of power outages around Los Angeles Saturday. But over 4,000 Silver Lake customers have been affected most of the day as they were hit with a double dose of outages.

According to a representative at the Department of Water and Power, the first outage struck at 1:26 p.m. and was resolved at 6:30 p.m. The second outage happened at 8:36 p.m. There is no estimated time of restoral, KPCC was told.

Two traffic officers in reflective vests stood in near darkness at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. at Maltman Ave. at 7:30 p.m. as the outage even affected some traffic lights in Silver Lake.

Nearby, in front of a dark and empty Baskin Robbins on Sunset, the Salvivar and Iniguez families stood disappointedly in the deserted strip mall, sad to see the ice cream shop had closed prematurely due to the outage. 


LA Heat: Burbank, Fullerton, DTLA, Chino, Riverside, San Diego all over 100 degrees

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Found this great pool in Ventura: it was 10 degrees cooler than the 102 in Oak Park, Joel Goldes said.

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A two-year-old Irish Terrier named Rory keeping cool in Dana Point.

It was a cool 92 degrees at 2 p.m. Saturday in Santa Monica.


Compared to San Diego, sure. Residents of the 619 kept it classy despite temps hitting 104 this afternoon.

Indeed, triple-digit heat was the trend around Southern California on a rare day where it was the same temperature in Palm Springs (101 degrees) as it was in Burbank.

In Downtown L.A. it reached 103 degrees, breaking a 103-year-old record.

Fullerton also came in at 103, Chino was 104, and even next to the beach at Camp Pendleton the mercury rose to 102 degrees.

The scorching heat isn't making things easier for L.A. County fire fighters who are battling a blaze at Topanga State Park near Rustic Canyon Ranch. LAFD officials estimate about seven acres of wildland burning. No homes or people are being threatened but LAFD spokesperson Brian Humphrey confirmed that park rangers are looking for groups of hikers.


Record heat expected Saturday in Los Angeles County

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Temperatures reached 105 degrees in Pasadena Friday as a heatwave swept Los Angeles.

Sweltering heat will continue across much of Los Angeles County Saturday as a strong upper-level high pressure system will remain over the area, according to the National Weather Service.

Triple digit temperatures are expected from UCLA to downtown L.A. down to Long Beach, the service predicts. Woodland Hills could peak at 106 degrees.

Cooler weather should come Sunday although temps will still be much higher than normal, the Weather Service expects.

How do you plan on beating the heat? Going to the beach? Catching a film? Leave your tips in the comments below.


Power rangers: 'Flex Alert' declared to plug energy drain in California

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With the San Onofre nuclear plant on a government mandated time out, a "Flex Alert" has been issued by the managers of California's power grid in an attempt to keep state energy reserves from falling to the point of a Stage 1 Emergency.

On Thursday, California Independent System Operator declared the call for conservation to go into effect Friday through Sunday as the revenge of summer continues. The National Weather Service has warned valley and inland areas to prepare for unwelcomed humidity as the muggy insult to triple-digit-temp injury. 

Around Southern California, cooling centers can be found in Los Angeles CountyVentura CountyRiverside CountySan Bernardino County and by using the Southern California Edison cooling center locator map.


  • set thermostats no cooler than 78 degrees
  • limit large appliance use during peak hours (washing machines, dishwashers)
  • keep drapes and blinds closed to cool off rooms
  • ventilate homes at night and in the early a.m. to allow cool air to circulate
  • limit opening the refrigerator
  • turn off unnecessary lights
  • use ceiling fans or smaller fans instead of air conditioners