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Heat wave hits Day 6 in Southern California; warning issued

August 29, 2011 |  7:27 am
Southern California heat wave

The heat wave that has gripped Southern California will continue for at least one more day, as the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for large swaths of the region.

Officials said temperatures in inland areas of Southern California could top 105 degrees on Monday. It is expected to be even hotter in desert areas, but cooler along the coast.

The region has been suffering from hot weather for six days, but officials said a cool-down is expected to begin Tuesday.

On Sunday, many took refuge at beaches, pools and air-conditioned shopping malls. Others laid low at home, staying within range of a window fan or shaded patio.

In Norwalk, Joel and Maria Lopez said they actually relished the heat, which seemed perfect for barbecuing and soaking in their backyard pool.

"It finally feels like summer," said Joel, a 32-year-old truck driver who has been keeping fans running around the clock.

The sizzling weather drew about 100,000 visitors to the sand and surf of Huntington Beach, where lifeguards carried out dozens of rescues as a crew filming a television program for the Weather Channel rode along.

"This has definitely been a busy summer weekend for us," said city Marine Safety Lt. Mike Beuerlein.

A broken air-conditioning unit left workers at Goldstein's Bagel Bakery in La CaƱada Flintridge feeling like they were the ones being baked.

General manager Josie Hernandez sent most employees home because demand for fresh baked goods seemed to plummet as the temperature shot up. But a few stayed to man the ovens.

"Inside, it's actually like 100 degrees," she said as the heat seemed to peak Sunday afternoon. "It's really, really hot, but we have to keep working; we need the money."


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Photo: Families went in droves Sunday to coastal cities such as like Manhattan Beach to escape the heat wave that has gripped Southern California for the last several days. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times