Record-Breaking Heat Wave Brings Scorching Temps to Downtown L.A., Valleys

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Sal Munir cools off with a cold washcloth he had wrapped in ice in his cooler while taking a break from putting up fencing amid a heat wave at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sept. 10. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

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A heat wave gripped Southern California on Friday, with one Ventura County community hitting the highest temperature reading since record-keeping began.

A weather station near Camarillo Airport recorded 108 degrees, breaking the all-time high of 103 recorded on Sept. 23, 1978. Elsewhere, triple-digit readings were recorded in Long Beach as well as various valley locations.

In downtown L.A. and Long Beach, the heat could reach 99 degrees and in Woodland Hills, the National Weather Service predicts it could top out at 105 degrees, nearing the daily record of 107 degrees set in 1971, said weather specialist Stuart Seto.

“It’s going to be low humidity, so there’s some elevated fire weather concerns,” Seto said.

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