The heat wave gripping Southern California sent temperatures soaring and residents flocking to beaches and public pools for relief.
High temperatures rose into the triple digits in parts of the Southland, and cooling centers were open to those needing safe, comfortable shelter from Saturday’s heat.
In the Angeles National Forest above Azusa, nearly 500 firefighters battled the 2,500-acre cabin fire, which broke out Friday afternoon.
The U.S. Forest Service reported that temperatures in the area in the mid-90s, although winds were light.
An excessive heat warning for the mountains and valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties was to remain in effect until at least 8 p.m. tonight, but some slight cooling was expected to begin Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
“The prolonged heat wave will bring the risk of heat-related illness through the weekend. Those at highest risk include children, the elderly, and pets without adequate shelter,” forecasters warned.
Record daily temperatures were set in Long Beach, Burbank and Sandberg.
Saturday’s high of 104 degrees in Burbank topped the previous record of 101 set in 1997 and in Long Beach the high of 99 broke the record 97 degrees set for this day in 1992.
In the mountains near Gorman, a new daily record of 99 degrees was set in Sandberg, where the previous record of 94 was set in 1994 and 1997, according to the National Weather Service.
The NWS noted “the heat will bring extra demand on electricity for the Southland, bringing an increased threat of power outages.”
NWS forecasters again urged area residents to protect themselves and their loved ones, recommending they:
— drink plenty of water;
— wear light-colored and lightweight clothing;
— stay out of the midday sun;
— provide shade and water for livestock and pets; and
— check on neighbors and the elderly.
Forecasters also stressed that children, the elderly and pets should never be left in parked vehicles in the heat.
To help conserve energy, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power recommended:
— adjusting thermostats to 78 degrees;
— limiting the use of appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers during peak hours;
— closing drapes and blinds;
— turning off lights in rooms not being used;
— unplugging devices that can use energy even when they’re not being used, such as cell phone chargers, DVD players and microwave ovens; and
— ventilating homes by opening windows and doors to allow cooler air to circulate.