Seven Daily Temperature Records Broken Tuesday, Including One From 1909 [Updated]
Six daily temperature records were broken by 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday across Southern California, in the midst of a blistering, late-season heat wave. This is the second consecutive day of 100+ degree temps in Los Angeles. Seven daily temperature records were broken of Monday, six of which were surpassed before 3 p.m. that day.
Speaking to LAist just before 1:30 p.m., Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service said that downtown Los Angeles had already reached 103 degrees, well surpassing the previous, century-old daily record of 99 degrees from 1909. Long Beach had also already hit 103 degrees, breaking the previous daily record of 98 degrees from 1965.
Burbank and Camarillo have both hit 101 degrees, breaking the former daily record of 99 degrees, which dates from 1968 and 2007, respectively. Los Angeles International Airport has already hit 102 degrees, which is six degrees hotter than the 1965 daily record of 96 degrees. Oxnard reached 100 degrees, surpassing the 97 degree daily record from 2007.
According to Seto, the day's high temperature may not peak until 4 p.m., which is slightly later in the day than normal due to the Santa Ana winds.
"Just seeing triple-digit heat in general in late October is not very common," Robbie Munroe, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, told LAist yesterday.
The Santa Ana winds and record-setting heat make for extremely dangerous fire conditions, and a red flag warning for Los Angeles and Ventura counties remains in effect through Wednesday.
Update [5 p.m.]: Temperatures at UCLA reached 100 degrees, surpassing the 2007 daily record of 96 degrees. This brings the total number of daily records broken in Southern California on Tuesday to seven. Daily temperature records were also broken in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.