Heat wave breaks 131-year-old Los Angeles record

The National Weather Service reports that the temperature hit 96 degrees Saturday in downtown Los Angeles.
The National Weather Service reports that the temperature hit 96 degrees Saturday in downtown Los Angeles. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

A blistering heat wave has broken a 131-year-old record in Los Angeles.

The National Weather Service reports that the temperature hit 98 degrees Saturday in downtown Los Angeles.

That beats a record of 95 degrees for the date set in 1886.

Other records for the day fell at the weather service office in Oxnard and nearby Camarillo, both in Ventura County. Oxnard reached 90 degrees, up from 87 back in 1992. Camarillo registered 88 degrees, topping a 1997 record of 87.

Temperatures in the city of Riverside reached 108 degrees, beating a record of 106 set in 1908. Elsinore also set a new record. Temperatures there rose to 114 degrees, the highest since 1921.

On Friday, Palm Springs hit 122 degrees. Its previous high for July 7 was 117 back in 1976. 

Southern California is under an excessive heat warning with triple-digit temps expected in valleys and inland areas.

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