Environment & Science

Heat wave will stop roasting SoCal soon — just not yet

A pedestrian uses an umbrella on a hot sunny morning in Los Angeles October 24, 2017 amid a late season heatwave hitting southern California. Record temperatures in some locations including downtown Los Angeles reached 37 degrees Celsius before noon, tying a record set in 1909.
A pedestrian uses an umbrella on a hot sunny morning in Los Angeles October 24, 2017 amid a late season heatwave hitting southern California. Record temperatures in some locations including downtown Los Angeles reached 37 degrees Celsius before noon, tying a record set in 1909.
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Tuesday brought record-breaking heat to Southern California. 

It was 103 degrees at the Burbank Airport. Downtown L.A. and LAX both hit 104. Temperatures at the Long Beach Airport reached 105. 

Those numbers are all 20-25 degrees above normal. 

The triple-digit temperatures Wednesday may bring more cases of dehydration, exhaustion and other heat-related problems, according to Brian Humphrey of the L.A. Fire Department. 

"We are seeing a number of people who are sadly underestimating the heat or overestimating their abilities when they're outdoors, bicycling, hiking or running," Humphrey said.

However, there have been no fatalities due to the heat wave.

Meteorologist Rich Thompson of the National Weather Service told KPCC that relief is on the way — but not immediately. Temperatures will be a few degrees cooler Thursday and Friday, but still above normal. 

"And then by early next week, things actually cool off to normal or actually a little bit below normal," Thompson said. "If you survive to early next week, things get a lot cooler by then."

Red flag fire warnings will be in effect for most of L.A. County until 6 p.m.