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People pack beaches to escape heat

April 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
From downtown to the airport, six high temperature records were set Sunday in Los Angeles County, and three in Orange County, where the mercury reached triple digits, according to the National Weather Service. In Orange County, Santa Ana heated up to 101 degrees, breaking the record of 91 set in 1958, and the Fullerton airport recorded a high of 100, beating the record of 93 also set in 1958. Laguna Beach reached 89 degrees, topping the record of 84 set in 1999.

The highest high temperature record set in Los Angeles County was in Long Beach, which reached 97 degrees, besting the record of 88 degrees set in 1986.

Downtown Los Angeles heated up to 94 degrees, breaking a 95-year-old record of 92 set in 1914.

Other high temperature records in the county included:

  • 87 degrees at Los Angeles International Airport, beating the record of 83 set in 1986
  • 96 degrees in San Gabriel, breaking the record of 93 degrees set in 1999
  • 96 degrees in Camarillo, breaking the record of 86 degrees set in 1958
  • 92 degrees at UCLA in Westwood, breaking the record of 84 degrees in 1999
  • A strong upper-level high combined with offshore winds is responsible for the mini heat wave, according to the Weather Service.

    More hot weather is forecast for Monday and Tuesday before more seasonable temperatures are to arrive later in the week.