Patt Morrison for June 21, 2012

Extremely high temperatures coming to California this century

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Nichole Canori (L) and Patrick Woodard sunbathe near a sign that warns beach-goers to stay out of the water, which was polluted by run-off from a nearby storm drain and creek, at Will Rogers State Beach on May 22, 2009 in Pacific Palisades, California.

The warm summer weather is upon us, but it may be lingering for longer than we expected.

California is renowned for its warm weather, but temperatures in The Golden State in years to come may be getting a little too warm for a little too long, according to a new comprehensive climate change study conducted by UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.

By the middle of the century in downtown Los Angeles specifically, the estimated number of days with temperatures above 95 degrees each year will triple, while the number of hot days will quadruple in portions of the San Fernando Valley and even jump five-fold in a portion of the High Desert in L.A. County. Alex Hall, the lead researcher on the study, said the hottest of those days will break records.

The record for downtown Los Angeles of 113 degrees, was set September 27, 2010, when the Department of Water and Power electricity demand reached a historic peak of 6,177 megawatts.

Guests:

Alex Hall, lead researcher on the study by UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Romel Pascual, deputy mayor for environment, Office of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa


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