The warm temperatures in California come as the state is recovering devastating wildfires that have burned some 1.5 million acres.
California is sweltering under a risky heat wave Labor Day weekend that was spreading triple-digit temperatures over much of the state, raising concerns about power outages and the spread of the coronavirus as throngs of people packed beaches and mountains for relief.
NWS said temperatures will not begin to cool until Tuesday, and even then will remain above normal for the week.More news: US military sticks with Microsoft for US$10 billion Jedi cloud contract
Fisher said temperatures are expected to peak to 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42.2 Celsius) in the Los Angeles area on Sunday and to 118 Fahrenheit (47.8 Celsius) further inland in Woodland Hills. An Excessive Heat Warning will be in effect from Saturday morning through Tuesday evening for all valley and foothill locations, as well as many of our mountains.
Death Valley in California's Mojave desert recorded one of the hottest air temperatures ever on the planet of 130F on August 17, and highs of around 124F were expected there on Sunday, the NWS said. Woodland Hills set a record temperature of 121 degrees on Sunday afternoon, the "highest official temperature ever recorded in L.A. County", according to the National Weather Service.
"Chimpanzees really love fruit and vegetables, so we'll freeze a different variety of apples and oranges and carrots", said Schaefer, as a family of chimpanzees devoured frozen carrots and zucchinis behind her.More news: Michael Cohen’s Memoir Features Disturbing Stories About Life With Trump
Restaurants across the valley also reported a slow-down in business due to the heat, including in Burbank, where many expanded outdoor seating due to COVID-19. Rev. Andy Bales, president and CEO of Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles, said he told staff to hand out "the coldest of cold water bottles" to those coming by for to-go lunches over the weekend.
Local law enforcement agencies are preparing for an intense Labor Day weekend driven by a potentially risky combination of heat, racial tension and ongoing virus precautions.
"It's certainly gonna be hot all over", said Jonathan Garner, an NWS meteorologist for that region.More news: ‘Panic buy’: Paul Merson gives his verdict on new Man United signing
Saturday was one of the hottest days on record in many areas.