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Southern California sizzles as temperatures top 100

August 25, 2011 |  6:44 pm

Photo: Ivan Vera, 9, of El Monte, cools off in the streaming tap water flowing into Legg Lake at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in El Monte on Thursday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times Southern California sizzled Thursday as triple-digit temperatures hit the region and a heat alert was declared in Los Angeles County.

The high temperature was 105 in Lancaster, 103 in Burbank and 104 in Ojai, the National Weather Service said.

Downtown Los Angeles topped out at 90 degrees. Along the coast, the Santa Monica Pier recorded a high of 71 degrees while Ventura was 75.

In the Inland Empire, Lake Elsinore was 108 and Riverside reached 104. Desert areas such as Thermal and Blythe hit 114 degrees, the service said.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health advised people to avoid heat-related problems and take advantage of cooling centers set up by officials. For a list of centers, see the department's website.

The National Weather Service said monsoonal moisture could spark thunderstorms Friday and Saturday.

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Photo: Ivan Vera, 9, of El Monte cools off in water flowing into Legg Lake at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area on Thursday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times

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