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Temperatures Level After Record-Breaking Highs

New record highs set around Southern California Friday

The latest heat wave is expected to start leveling off Saturday, with temperatures back down in the 90s and dropping heading into the week, with a chance of rain by Thursday.

Temperatures still remain higher than the of 78.5 degree monthly average for October.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health declared a heat alert for the Los Angeles basin, Pomona and the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys expected to remain in effect through Saturday, but that could be extended if high temperatures persist.

Sixty people suffered from heat exhaustion during the Placentia Heritage Parade today, where temperatures reached 100 degrees, according to OC Fire officials.

The parade was halted as area firefighters and Placentia Police Department officers responded to the scene. Twenty people were taken to local hospitals. The victims ranged from children to senior citizens.

"Ambulances did have to come from a distance because we weren't expecting the high number of patients in the area," said OC Fire Captain Larry Kurtz.

Firefighters on the scene said drinking more water may have prevented some of the injuries.

"Energy drinks, sodas -- those usually make you more thirsty,"  Kurtz said.

Following high surf Friday, the National Weather Service warns of rip currents along the coast this weekend.

These hot and dry conditions have also increased fire danger, according to the NWS.

Triple-digit highs broke weather records Friday around Southern California.

Camarillo Airport reached 108 degrees, surpassing the record of 96 degrees set for that day in 1976, and setting the bar as the highest temperatures ever recorded there since recordings started since 1948. The old record was set at 103 degrees on Sept. 24, 1978.

Escondido heated up to 102 degrees, breaking the previous record of 100 degrees set for the day in 1909.

In Santa Ana, temperatures were a scorching 106, breaking a record of 102 set for the day in 1988.

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