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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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It's an ice-chipping 89degrees here in Novato at 1:30 P.M.; feel sorry for you L.A. folks.

Evidently we're getting all of the summer we missed, boiled down and concentrated to serve up today.

Relax folks, it will be 20 degrees cooler tomorrow.

Here's your global warming rhetoric, Chaz: If I win, we both win; if you win, we both lose. You're killing us.

Does anyone remember that we had an extremely mild summer this year in So. Cal, aside from a few days?

At risk of making light of this heat, it's almost as if the weather just realized that September's almost over and it's trying to cram in all the summer heat it missed, before it's too late.

Al Gore should be coming out of the woodwork any minute...

I work in the west side part of Long Beach and it is very HOT! I don't think I've experienced this heat in a very long time, especially during September.

I wonder if this is a sign...LOL

get ready for the Global Climate Change deep deniers

Wah, wah, wah. A few days of it and you're crying for momma. Try 45-60 days of it.

Al Gore is no doubt estatic.

Yea, Brenda, it's a sign. It's a sign that some days are hotter than others. Most of the summer everyone was complaining how cold it was. We went weeks without seeing the sun for more than a couple of hours. Now we get three hot days in a row, and everyone is freaking out. By next weekend, everyone will also have forgotten, and be focused on Lindsay's latest arrest. Nothing like LA for a short attention span.

When was the State of Arizona going to reduce or cut electricity to the Communities that are boycotting their State?


Oh, I see. Now that Global Warming was not accepted as fact,we are going back to the "Ozone Layer". When will you Liberals learn? The Earth has been here for billions of years and has withstood catastrophic meteors and volcanos. The greatest danger we face is big Government.

Believe it or not, this will be a non political response. LOL.
I would be concerned about a coming earthquake for that area. In a lot of places, the ground shifts in different types of weather. Hot, cold, dry, wet...etc. I dont know if California has this type of soil problem but if they do, this could definitely lead to ground shifting causing an earthquake. Grab your hard hats LA.

I'm in the epicenter of the heat! "God kill me now" (strange red beam from the clouds targets between my eyes)

OMG! We get that hot here in AZ, but we have a dry heat. I can't imagine 113 in downtown LA w/ the moist sea breeze, I hope those Santa Ana Winds are at least keeping the humidity at bay. Drink plenty of water people, be safe.

what's hilarious about the rightwing science denialists is that if there was a single cold day in the middle of summer, they'd cite it as "proof" there was no global warming/climate change (world-wide, and decades-long, weather records notwithstanding).

And yet with it's anomalously --searingly -- hot, the flock to message boards everywhere.... to say there's no such thing as global warming/climate change.

Glen Beck must be so proud!

I have lived in L.A. for 53 years. September and October are usually our real summer months, but 113 is one of the hottest days I have seen. Yes, it will be gone in a few days, but its uncomfortable when you have been living in 65-70 deg on the coast most of the time, and most people don't have AC because most of the time we don't need it.
Inland it has been hot as usual all summer. As for Phoenix, if I wanted this heat full time I would have moved there. My concern is that the nuts will be out there starting fires. It always happens.

Never mind today's weather: 2010 is on track to be the warmest year globally on record.

Only a matter of time before the global warming nut-jobs pipe in and blame the heatwave on SUV's. Never-mind the unusually cool summer. It's beautiful when you can choose only some of the facts to make a convenient statement and certain news organizations and zealous grant seekers back you up.

And the Teabaggers will still be scoffing about Global Warming...

Here in Oceanside it's 99 degrees. About 2-3 hours ago it was 102 on the beach. God, give us May gray and June gloom again.

This is not just a heat wave. This is a global warming wave. What will the scorching weather be like in 10 or 20 years? We must be living in the end days. And the sun is to blame, not fossil fuel or carbon exhaust fumes.


“When the Sun is active, its magnetic field is better at shielding us against the cosmic rays coming from outer space, before they reach our planet. By regulating the Earth’s cloud cover, the Sun can turn the temperature up and down. High solar activity means fewer clouds and and a warmer world. Low solar activity and poorer shielding against cosmic rays result in increased cloud cover and hence a cooling. As the Sun’s magnetism doubled in strength during the 20th century, this natural mechanism may be responsible for a large part of global warming seen then.

That also explains why most climate scientists try to ignore this possibility. It does not favour their idea that the 20th century temperature rise was mainly due to human emissions of CO2. If the Sun provoked a significant part of warming in the 20th Century, then the contribution by CO2 must necessarily be smaller.”
Dr. Henrik Svensmark
"While the Sun Sleeps"

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