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Yes, This Heat Is Punishing Us — Record High Temps Across Southern California

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The heat wave continues, and with it comes the possibility of more temperature records and another day of heat advisories lasting until 6 p.m. across many regions of the Southland.

For the second straight day, Los Angeles International Airport reached 95 degrees, topping a record for the date of 93, set in 1989. While downtown L.A. didn’t break any records, it’s currently sweating it out at 95 degrees.

"Normal for downtown L.A. today would be about 72," said John Dumas, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

Dumas adds that Camarillo and Oxnard are also looking at record high temperatures on Friday.

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On Thursday, Long Beach reached a high of 100 degrees, topping the previous record of 93 set on that date in 1989. That's according to the National Weather Service, whose Oxnard office also hit a record of 99.

Dumas says even those who like the heat should stay vigilant.

"This could potentially cause people to get ill. If they're out in the sun, they could suffer heat exhaustion," he said. "So stay out of the direct sunshine...drink plenty of liquids that aren't alcohol or caffeine, and try and get a breeze if you have to."

Public libraries, recreation facilities, senior centers and other air-conditioned buildings remain options for those who don't have A.C. access.

Dumas expects temperatures to drop down "much closer to normal" tomorrow. The weather should continue to cool down as Sunday approaches.

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