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As region bakes, some seek relief at local beaches

Vancouver residents Cari Negraiff and Steve DiTomaso considered themselves lucky Monday afternoon as they walked onto the sand at Venice Beach.

"It's pouring rain back home in Vancouver," said Negraiff as a light ocean breeze blew on shore.

Roller skaters passed by, and surfers paddled out into shoulder-high waves.

"It's great here," added DiTomaso.

They were vacationing in Southern California, where records across the region were set as temperatures reached well into the triple digits. As the region sizzled, a number of people sought relief at area beaches.

At Venice Beach, temperatures were in the low 80s as surfers and beachgoers took advantage of the warm weather.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Video: Surfers hit the waves at Venice Beach. Credit: Robert J. Lopez /Los Angeles Times

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