Heat wave records continue to tumble in the south west of US: 131-year-old record in Los Angeles smashed
9 July, 2017
A blistering heat wave has broken a 131-year-old record in Los Angeles.
The National Weather Service reports that the temperature hit 98 degrees Saturday in downtown Los Angeles.
That beats a record of 95 degrees for the date set in 1886.
Other records for the day fell at the weather service office in Oxnard and nearby Camarillo, both in Ventura County.
Oxnard reached 90 degrees, up from 87 back in 1992. Camarillo registered 88 degrees, topping a 1997 record of 87.
Temperatures in the city of Riverside reached 108 degrees, beating a record of 106 set in 1908. Elsinore also set a new record.
Temperatures there rose to 114 degrees, the highest since 1921
On Friday, Palm Springs hit 122 degrees.
Its previous high for July 7 was 117 back in 1976.
Southern California is under an excessive heat warning with triple-digit temps expected in valleys and inland areas.
Phoenix Arizona smashes 112 year old heat record
According to the National Weather Service, meteorologists claim a 112 year old record heat record has been busted in Phoenix, Arizona.
A high on Friday of 117 deg F (47.2 deg C) smashed the previous record of 115 deg F going all the way back to 1905.
With an average high temperature of 107 deg F (42 deg C), an increase of 10 deg F.
140,000 without power caused by fire during record breaking heatwave in the Valley California
9 July, 2017
Power has been restored to more than a third of the 140,000 Valley homes and businesses affected by an intentional outage Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials caused Saturday to aid firefighters battling flames at a DWP facility.
DWP estimated the initial power outage affected 140,000 customers on a very warm night in the following communities: Northridge, Winnetka, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Tarzana, North Hills, Granada Hills, Chatsworth, West Hills, Canoga Park and Woodland Hills.
But by about 10 p.m., power for 50,000 of those customers was restored, according to the DWP.
The power was purposefully cut to allow firefighters to safely work heavy flames at the plant at 18900 Parthenia St., the DWP reported. An explosion was first reported at 6:53 p.m., Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The facility is known as Receiving Station J, said LADWP spokesman Michael Ventre.
It was not known when all power would be restored.
An LADWP employee on the scene said he'd just gotten off a 16 hour-shift and would have to start another at midnight.
"It's got to be done," he said.
"People are without power."
Eighty-four firefighters used water and foam to extinguish the fire, Humphrey said.
The fire was in an energized storage vault that contained 50-60,000 gallons of mineral oil, he said. No injuries were reported.
The outages occurred following a day of record high temperatures across the Southland, including Woodland Hills, where the high reached 110 degrees,
besting the previous record of 108, set in 2006. Downtown Los Angeles tied its record temperature of 96 degrees, which was set July 8, 1954.