Sunday, March 15, 2015

Heat wave hits S. California, LA breaks heat record

A heat wave came to Southern California on Friday and the temperature in downtown Los Angeles rose to a new record high on Saturday.

Just before 1 p.m. local time, the temperature in downtown area reached 93 fahrenheit degrees (about 33.9 celsius degrees), well above the previous record of 88 fahrenheit degrees (31 celsius degree) set on March 14, 1951, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

In Long Beach, the highest temperature on Saturday afternoon hit a record 94 fahrenheit degrees (about 34.4 celsius degrees), nine degrees above the previous record of 85 fahrenheit degrees (29.4 celsius degrees) set in 1994, according to the service.

The heat was expected to drive over 1 million people to beaches, according to local media reports.

The NWS expressed concern for those who will take part in Sunday's L.A. Marathon. The organizers announced they will start 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled in an effort to beat the heat.

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