Heat wave in California shatters 131-year record as temperatures soar to 110F, sparking wildfires across the state as 300 residents are evacuated

Sunday, July 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

In downtown Los Angeles, temperatures reached 98 degrees on Saturday, shattering the previous record high of 95 degrees set in 1886
Records were also set in Long Beach and Burbank, where the mercury rose to 96 degrees and 105 degrees respectively; Palmdale and Woodland Hills reached 110
At least three wildfires broke out across Southern California on Saturday
One in Santa Santa Barbara County spread to more than 30 square miles, and more than 1,000 firefighters were deployed; 300 were evacuated
Another burned at least 200 acres and trapped about 90 children and 50 camp counselors at the Circle V Ranch before they were safely evacuated
Five residents and one firefighter suffered minor injuries in a third near Oroville

DailyMail.com9 July 2017

A blistering heat wave broke a long-standing record in Los Angeles on Saturday, while several wildfires broke out across Southern California, where an excessive heat warning was issued three days ago.

In downtown Los Angeles, temperatures reached 98 degrees on Saturday, shattering the previous record high of 95 degrees after 131 years.

Flames in Santa Barbara trapped about 90 children and 50 camp counselors at the Circle V Ranch before they were safely evacuated. More than 300 residents in the county were also evacuated from their homes.

The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning along the Santa Barbara South Coast and interior sections of Southwest California starting Thursday.

The heat, which reportedly peaked on Friday and Saturday, was accompanied by elevated moisture moving up from Mexico that added to the humidity.

Along with Los Angeles, records were also set in Long Beach and Burbank, where the mercury rose to 96 degrees and 105 degrees respectively.

Both Palmdale and Woodland Hills recorded highs of 110 degrees.

Many Southern Californians flocked to beaches and searched for water, shade and air conditioning to escape the heat.

Temperatures are expected to dip by five to 10 degrees by Sunday, with the region cooling off over the course of the next few days, according to the Todd Hall of the NWS.

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