LA Basks in Record Heat


Mother Nature can't decide if its summer or winter in Southern California.

The mercury in downtown Los Angeles reached 96 Wednesday afternoon, a degree warmer than old record for the date set in 1900, according to the National Weather Service.

High pressure and offshore winds pumped up the heat to 100 degrees in Santa Ana at 2 p.m., and temperatures were fairly evenly distributed from the coast to inland areas.

Hawthorne hit 99 degrees, and Bellflower and Fullerton were three degrees shy of that mark.

Traditional San Fernando Valley hotspot Chatsworth reached 95 degrees, according to the NWS, which planned to issue a record report later this afternoon.

In Westwood near the coast, the mercury hit 97 degrees at 2 p.m. -- likely the high for the day.

Records were also likely to fall in Bellflower and Fullerton, where it was 96 degrees, and in Riverside, where it was 99 degrees.

Burbank topped out at 94 degrees, shy of the Nov. 3 record of 98 degrees set in 1976.

Woodland Hills hit 93 degrees -- its predicted high -- but did not beat the record of 99 set in 1975.

Forecasters predict a gradual cool-down and return of the onshore breeze over the next few days, but the valleys could see highs in the 90s again tomorrow.

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