Record highs set as heat wave continues in Southern California
The blistering weather, which is expected to be even hotter on Friday, will continue through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
The heat wave, coupled with power plant equipment failures, prompted officials Thursday to issue a statewide Flex Alert, asking customers to cut back on electricity usage during peak hours between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Record highs for the day were set in Lancaster, which reached 109 degrees. That broke a record of 106 set in 1980, the Weather Service said. Woodland Hills also topped out at 109, beating by one degree a record set in 2006. A record of 95 was also recorded at Sandberg in the Antelope Valley. The previous record of 92 was set in 2002.
In Orange County, Lake Forest recorded 97 degrees and Yorba Linda was 96 degrees.
In the Inland Empire, Elsinore topped out at 112 degrees, while San Bernardino and Chino each hit 105.
Forecasters have issued an excessive heat warning through Friday for several spots in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, including mountain ranges and valleys, with triple-digit heat projected in much of the region.
-- Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Hot weather Thursday drove thousands to the beaches, including a packed Manhattan Beach. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times