In downtown Los Angeles, the temperature soared to a sizzling 97 degrees Wednesday afternoon, beating the old record to date of 96 degrees which was set in 1900, according to the National Weather Service.
The area surrounding /*Los Angeles International Airport*/ saw record-breaking temperatures as well, peaking at 98 degrees, leaving behind the old record of 94 degrees set in 1950.
Near /*Long Beach Airport*/, the mercury reached 98 degrees, breaking the record of 94 set in 1976.
In /*Orange County*/, high pressure and offshore winds pulled the heat up to triple digits, reaching 100 degrees in Santa Ana and John Wayne Airport around 2 p.m.
The heat reached 96 degrees in Fullerton, where fire officials reported that at least five people needed treatment relating to heat exposure at a track meet at Craig Regional Park.
In the /*Inland Empire*/, Riverside hit 99 degrees, breaking its previous record of 97 set back in 1997.