Dramatic Photos: Hottest Day Ever

The National Weather Service's thermometer in downtown Los Angeles reached 113 degrees for the first time since records began being kept in 1877 and then stopped working.

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Catum Engilia, originally from Iran, awaits for her bus in Glendale, California Monday. California's blistering fall heat wave sent temperatures to an all-time record high of 113 degrees Monday in downtown Los Angeles. Click to see how people coped with the unusual heat wave.
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A girl plays in the sprinklers to beat the heat in Monterey Park, California.
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Children play in a fountain dedicated to William Mulholland, the father of the first major project to bring water to Los Angeles at the turn of the last century, at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
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A fine water mist sprays guests at Haus Dessert Boutique in the Koreatown area of downtown Los Angeles, as temperatures went past the 100-degree mark.
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Penelope Rosendo, 3, splashes water in the fountain at Griffith Park on September 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The heat wave continues to bring hot temperatures to the Southland.
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People stop and take a snap shots of the Citibank digital thermamoter showing the unoffical current temparture at three o'clock in the afternoon on September 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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A digital display on the dashboard of a car shows an outside temperature of 109 degrees in Los Angeles.
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People escape the record heat and enjoy the beach in Huntington Beach.
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People escape the record heat and enjoy the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif., as a heat wave grips Southern California.
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Natalie Voroyan, 4, plays with the water jets in the fountain of the Hollywood and Highland shopping complex in Los Angeles, California.
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A girl cools off in a fountain at Griffith Park.
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Tourist take shelter from the scorching sun as they walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Women try on hats and cover themselves with umbrellas, from the scorching heat in the Chinatown section of downtown Los Angeles.
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A tourist uses an umbrella to take shelter from the scorching sun as they walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles.
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A cyclist rides shirtless on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. A blistering autumn heat wave sent temperatures to an all-time record high in downtown Los Angeles on Monday and roasted even coastal cities.
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A digital bank sign shows a temperature of 109 degrees in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles on Monday Sept. 27,2010.
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