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Southland hit by more extreme heat, with some relief in sight [UPDATED]

April 20, 2009 |  3:45 pm

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Updated at 6:50 p.m.: Numerous parts of the Southland hit new record high temperatures today, including:

- Downtown Los Angeles, 100 degrees

- LAX, 95 degrees

- Long Beach, 100 degrees

- Santa Monica Pier, 86 degrees

- San Gabriel, 99 degrees

- UCLA, 99 degrees

- Camarillo, 96 degrees

Original post:

Southern California was hit by a second day of extreme temperatures today, with the National Weather Service forecasting the heat wave will extend into Tuesday.

The NWS said some cities are likely to break new records today, with temperatures hovering in the 90s in the inland valleys and reaching 100 degrees or more in some areas. Coastal areas were baking in the low 90s.

On Tuesday, the NWS predicts, valley and mountain areas could set more records, but cooler sea breezes will reduce temperatures along the coast.

The heat wave began on Saturday, and by Sunday, records were snapping throughout the region.

While beach-goers enjoyed temperatures in the 80s on Sunday, downtown Los Angeles rose to a toasty 94 degrees, up two degrees from the previous high, which was set in 1914. Other records set Sunday: Long Beach (97 degrees), UCLA (92 degrees) and Los Angeles International Airport (87 degrees), courtesy of unseasonable Santa Ana winds that blew into Southern California from Nevada, NWS meteorologist David Gomberg said.

"Typically we get wind coming off the ocean, and that's what keeps us so mild," he said. "The reason everything's so dry right now is because the winds are coming from the desert air mass, meaning that it originates over land."

Santa Ana winds are most often associated with the brush fires of the fall and winter months, so their current appearance is unusual.

-- Corina Knoll

Photo: While temperatures soared into the upper 90s, 7-year-old Kyle Rix of Alberta, Canada, floats in a shallow pool at Castaway Cove at the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel in Anaheim. Credit: Allen J. Schaben  / Los Angeles Times

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