SoCal Heat Wave Expected to Continue Breaking Records Sunday

Partial shade broke out in Los Angeles Sunday as the Southland endured three days of record-breaking heat.

Thousands of runners on the streets of Los Angeles were given a break, with a deck of high clouds preventing sun radiation from amplifying heat in the 78 degree mid-morning temperatures.

Despite the lack of direct sunlight, records were still expected to fall today, the National Weather Service said. On Saturday, records fell across the region.

The downtown L.A. high of 93 degrees, hit just before 1 p.m. Saturday, far surpassed the previous record of 88, set in 1951, the NWS said.

Other Los Angeles locales that set record temperatures were LAX at 90, topping the 86 mark of 1951, and UCLA at 92, way ahead of the 84 registered in 1994, the weather service said.

Long Beach's afternoon high rose to a record 94, nine degrees beyond the previous record 85 also set in 1994, according to the NWS.

Record high temperatures at locations across Southern California. In case of a tie, the most recent year high temperature was used. (Source: National Weather Service, data from


Highs reached 93 in Torrance, and 96 in Fullerton, but the weather service doesn't release record temperature statistics for those cities.

In Orange County, Santa Ana at 94 and Newport Beach at 85 experienced record highs, passing the 91 and 76 totals, respectively marked in 1926.

Those two cities also set records for the highest low temperature for March 14. In Santa Ana, Saturday's overnight low of 65 exceeded the previous mark of 60 in 1993. In Newport Beach, the low of 63 rose above the 60 of 2003.

The Antelope Valley, for a change, was the local comfort zone, with a mid-afternoon temperature of 79 at Lancaster.

The same conditions that caused Saturday's record heat -- a high pressure system hovering over the Southland that is drawing hot desert air into the Los Angeles Basin -- likely will thrust temperatures toward record levels today, the NWS said.

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