Hit again on Sunday when a historic heat wave swept through southern California on Labor Day weekend, CBS Los Angeles reports. Woodland Hills set a record 121 degrees on Sunday afternoon, the “highest official temperature ever recorded in LA County,” according to the National Weather Service. The previous record was 119 and was set in 2006.
According to the NWS, temperatures won’t cool down until Tuesday and even then will stay above normal for the week. The extreme heat has resulted in power outages and opened cooling centers for residents of Southern California.
The widespread highs on Sunday were expected to be between 1
On Saturday, the San Fernando Valley took the brunt of the extreme heat as Burbank hit its record high of 114 degrees.
“Wow! This heat is amazing. I mean, it’s scorching,” said Robert Newman, a resident. “I burned a lot of calories today, that’s for sure, and I definitely drank more water today than I did all week.”
Patricia Windsor, another resident, said she was born and raised in Burbank but had not experienced such warm weather.
Some residents flocked to lakes and parks in search of relief. Lake Balboa in Encino was full of families seeking shelter under trees and others hoping to get a little breeze as they cruised around the lake in boats.
Restaurants across the valley also reported a slowdown in business due to the heat, including in Burbank, where much of the outdoor seating was expanded due to the heat.
“I feel like today, as hot as it was, today was definitely the slowest day I’ve ever worked,” said Natalie Simpson, a server.
The heat wave is expected to continue earlier this week.
On Saturday, the California independent system operator overseeing the operation of the state’s mass electricity network declared a level 2 emergency, which means there would be rotating blackouts across the country.
Edison of Southern California reported 122 outages on Saturday, affecting more than 21,000 customers. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy said Saturday that about 14,000 people were without electricity in the afternoon.
A flex alarm was issued calling for voluntary energy saving among residents and staying in effect from Saturday to Monday from 3pm to 9pm to avoid additional blackouts.
According to ISO, conservation is key to combating failures. Customers staying at home are asked to set their air conditioning to at least 78 degrees, avoid using larger appliances between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., close blinds and curtains, and use a fan if possible.