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Archive for Tuesday, April 21, 2009

State broils in record heat of 100 degrees

April 21, 2009

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A record blast of heat is sending crowds of Californians to the beaches as temperatures hit 100 degrees.

Record heat was forecast statewide again Monday with the National Weather Service posting a heat advisory along the coast from San Francisco Bay south to Big Sur.

Thermometers registered record highs Sunday across Southern California.

The weather service said Santa Ana hit 101 degrees, erasing a record that had stood since 1916. A 94-degree reading in downtown Los Angeles broke a 95-year-old record.

Other records Sunday included 100 in Fullerton; 97 in Long Beach; 96 in San Gabriel, Camarillo and Oxnard, and 95 in Paso Robles.

The heat sent an estimated 250,000 people to Los Angeles County’s southern beaches Sunday and other beaches also had huge crowds.

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