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113 degrees in downtown? L.A. broils with triple-digit temperatures [Updated]

The heat wave that has gripped Southern California reached a high point Monday afternoon, with triple-digit temperatures from the coast all the way inland.

As of noon, Weather.com reported that downtown L.A. was broiling at 109 degrees; Santa Monica hit 106, West Hollywood was at 111 and Long Beach was at 107. [Updated: As of 12:50 p.m.: downtown L.A. had hit 113 degrees, a record high. Stuart Seto, a forecaster for the National Weather Service, said that's the hottest temperature recorded at the downtown station since record-keeping began in 1877.

Shortly after reaching the record, the temperature dipped back to 111, and then climbed back to 112. Then at 1 p.m., the thermometer stopped working.

The weather service office in Oxnard rushed an electronics technician 60 miles southeast to the USC campus to repair the thermometer, which is actually a highly sensitive wire connected to electronic equipment. Because of the snafu, officials said it's possible Monday's temperature actually was hotter than 113 — but they might never know.]

The National Weather Service warned of extreme heat and red-flag fire dangers Monday. A small fire broke out in Ladera Heights but was quickly put out. Another small brush fire was contained Sunday night in South Pasadena. 

On the energy front, California consumers are expected to use more than 45,000 megawatts by peak afternoon hours, said Gregg Fishman, a spokesman for Cal-ISO, which coordinates power for 85% of the state's grid. 

Though the expected energy consumption is high for this time of year, increased usage is not expected to cause any serious problems, Fishman said. Still, Cal-ISO is recommending residents avoid using heavy appliances in the afternoon.

And don't forget to turn off the lights when you leave a room, Fishman said.

"Given the situation as we know it right now, we should be fine,'' he said. "But grid conditions are dynamic, and things can change."

-- Kimi Yoshino and Catherine Saillant

[Updated at 12:34 p.m.: HOW ARE YOU COPING WITH THE HEAT? Share your photographs from the heat wave with L.A. Now. We'll post reader submissions. Tell us your hot weather tales below.]

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Shut the front door! We don't have a summer and then it comes on with a vengeance! This knob on the climate control doesn't seem to be working anymore thanks to our abusing the ozone. Guess next year it'll start raining constantly like it did in Blade Runner.

Get ready for Global Warming rhetoric folks!

You in So. Cal. are a bunch of lightweights. Come and spend a summer in Bakersfield. Then you can complain

Be prepared for quakes when it gets this hot too.

Come to cool off in Woodland Hills! It's only 106.

The heat's OK here..

CSU Long Beach is at 108 degrees!! It is 1pm right now. I've never seen heat like this in the 24 years I've lived here (Long Beach).

It's probably near 120 in Woodland Hills.

global warming ? no way ! maybe santa ana s .

We're 113 in Santee (San Diego area) also.

That is hot.

Just wondering...maybe somebody out there knows.

How many wind turbines does it take to generate 45,000 megawatts?

Not uncommon to have 120 degrees in Arizona, maybe its because Villaragoisa (Nee Vilar) pretends to boycott Arizona.

God sending the message - vote no on Prop. 23.

Boo hoo. I live in southern Arizona where it is over 100 every day for 4 months of the year. And I spend most of my weekends in Phoenix where 110+ is a pretty common thing.

Go inside and play scrabble. Turn on the ac and get ice.

Try looking at POLAR temperatures before mouthing off about it one way or another. What happens here day to day, is meaningless.

Welcome to Phoenix!!!

aaargh, run for the hills - it's global warming. (But just look to the north in Washington and up the coast for cooler than normal weather. Not a very convenient fact).

I did an experiment. I have one room without a/c. It was 100 inside. I then sprayed down the outside wall with the hose for about 5 minutes. 8 degree temperature drop. I wonder how much a drop in temperature of I had let the water spay all day?

Water shortage ? -- probably not real -- since the City proposes to build over 200,000 more condos and apartments. The heat, that's real! For the elderly or ill people without a/c but with water hoses, maybe hosing down the outsides of their homes and apartment might be the difference between life and death. I don't know -- one house an experiment does not make.

@chaz - just like the rhetoric from people who don't believe in consequences for actions? i'm getting ready to listen to those basket cases.

...and brace for conservatives to take that swim up the river in Egypt.

Feelin' HOT HOT HOT!

Don't even open your doors or windows. Only hot air coming in. Use your fans or AC's. keep them at 78. It'll be a lot cooler than outside. Wonder how the winter weather will be like...More rain?

The cooks will use this to promote further taxes and controls on our lives. When winter comes Al Gore is nowhere to be found.

Al Gore will be selling snake oil tonight. Stay tuned.

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