Angelenos are no strangers to warm weather, but 113 degrees Fahrenheit is a first even for long-time residents.
113 Degrees Fahrenheit in Los Angeles!
The National Weather Service expects September temperatures in Los Angeles to be right around 83 to 85 degrees. Yet on September 27, 2010 — according to the USC Campus thermometer — the mercury hit a stunning 113 degrees. KTLA reports that L.A. reached this temperature peak at approximately 12:15 in the afternoon.
In addition to being blazing hot, this day is indicative of a three-day heat wave that began building at the onset of the weekend. Even Long Beach, which is generally spared these temperature extremes due to its proximity to the ocean, hit a rather hot 108 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hottest Day in Los Angeles History
Having the thermometer climb to 113 degrees Fahrenheit replaces the 1990 record of 112 degrees; it is noteworthy that the prior record-setting temperature occurred during a June day. Not surprisingly, beaches were crowded this weekend and plenty of Angelenos competed with beach city residents for the few free parking spots. Surprisingly, water temperatures are only in the low to mid 60s, depending on where you go, and so plenty of families are content with just letting the kids play at the water’s edge.
Surprising Weather Turn of Events
If Angelenos are scratching their heads, it is not just due to the unseasonably hot weather (it is fall, after all) but also because the hottest day ever recorded in Los Angeles follows on the heels of a rather unremarkable summer (with respect to heat). The Los Angeles Times quotes Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist B. Patzert as referring to the 2010 summer as “one of the coolest summers in decades.”
Staying Cool and Safe (and Fido, too!)
Residents will be wise to wear loose-fitting clothes, avoid honey-do projects in the heat of the day and also cut down on outdoor exercise during this time. Malls, grocery stores, community centers and schools are excellent venues to visit if a bit cooling off is needed. Schools have overwhelmingly opted to keep children inside – much to the kids’ collective vote of disapproval – while parks have once again turned on their water features.
Remember also to bring some cool relief to the family pet, especially if it spends a lot of time outside. Make sure there is a water dish readily accessible and – watering day or not – hose down a patch of patio and some bedding for the animal to cool down. Bird lovers should remember to re-fill their bird baths.