An historic heat wave sent the mercury to record levels on Sunday, Sept. 6 — topped by 121 degrees at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Los Angeles County — fueling multiple wildfires, triggering waves of power outages and again sending waves of people headed for beaches and parks during the long Labor Day weekend.
Highs climbed deep into three digits in communities all over Southern California, including Van Nuys, Calabasas, Pasadena, Santa Clarita, Downey and Burbank. Such usually cool coastal communities as Torrance and Long Beach endured highs that simmered deep into the 90s. Downtown L.A. hit 111 degrees, two degrees short of 2010’s all-time record.
- As air conditioners worked overtime on Sunday, California’s electric grid operators watched the demand for electricity soar and worried that they may have to shut off power for millions if consumers didn’t ease up on their power usage.
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