Los Angeles Just Had a Day of Record-breaking Heat
Los Angeles’ weather-related woes aren’t finished.
On Monday, the area reported a record-breaking heatwave in Long Beach, Santa Ana and Newport Beach, among other locations. Lake Forest became the hottest spot in the U.S. when it reached 93 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The record heat started a brush fire in Malibu. Firefighters were able to put out the fire after it burned less than three acres.
While the heat is record-breaking it’s not exactly unusual. Meteorologists blame the weather on the Santa Ana winds bringing dry, warm gusts (up to 50 miles per hour) across the area.
"The winds will greatly diminish but the air will remain dry which will allow for very efficient and dramatic cooling," the National Weather Service said. Temperatures are expected to remain around 80° Fahrenheit through the end of the week, according to Weather.com.
Earlier this month, a mudslide in Santa Barbara killed 15 people and wiped homes away from their foundations. The mudslide was caused when heavy rain tore scorched earth downhill. Conditions were prime for the slide after Los Angeles’s wildfires in December burned more than 110,000 acres across the county.
Once again, the Santa Ana winds were to blame for priming the fire and stoking it. The wind pattern is common in California from October through March.