LA’s October heat wave shattered temperature records today. Here’s where
Temperatures took off at LAX Tuesday morning, and they didn’t even need a runway.
The National Weather Services reported 104 degrees at the airport, upping the previous record set on this date in 1965 — 96 degrees.
But that wasn’t the only record melting away on Tuesday as a heat wave that began baking Southern California continued its second day. In fact, the NWS Twitter feed was essentially a list of broken records.
As of about 11:30 a.m., the thermometer at Hollywood Burbank Airport had shot up to 99 degrees, already tying the previous high set on this date in 2007, according to the NWS. It wouldn’t be long before it hit 103.
Trying to get from the Valley over the hill to downtown to beat the heat? Forget it.
By 11:20 or so it was 99 degrees and counting — already matching the record set in 1909. The final high for the day was 104.
Headed to Dodger Stadium for the first game of the World Series? Historic night, right? It could be historic on the weather side, too: Game time temperature was expected to be 97 degrees.
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 24, 2017
Elsewhere in the LA-area:
- The Hollywood Burbank Airport reported a high of 103 degrees, breaking a record of 99 degrees set in 1968
- Long Beach Airport reached 105 degrees, breaking a record of 98 degrees set in 1965
- In Oxnard, the National Weather Service reported a high of 102 degrees, making history of the record of 97 degrees set in 2007
A red-flag warning was in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday as hot temperatures and gusty winds raised fire concerns in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
And there was this from the National Weather Service, referring to the warning: “This event is especially concerning because of the multiple day nature of it, which we have not see yet this season, and such events have a history of large fires.”
Bottom line: Be careful out there.