Woodland Hills and Anaheim were among cities across Southern California that broke daily high temperature records Wednesday as a prolonged heat wave settled in across the region, according to the National Weather Service.
Woodland Hills set a daily record of 112 degrees Wednesday, NWS meteorologist Todd Hall said. The previous record for the day was 111 degrees.
Anaheim checked in at 106 degrees, topping its previous record for the day by four degrees.
Burbank also saw its daily record broken at 112 degrees, also four degrees higher than the city’s previous record for the day.
Southern California’s chart-topping heat isn’t likely to end there, as high temperatures can be expected until early next week.
Temperatures are considered record-breaking after maintaining a two-minute average, Hall said.
Even cooler coastal regions aren’t expected to get much reprieve from the heat, with daily averages in the high eighties and nineties.
This heat wave is shaping up to be the hottest of the summer, according to Hall, who attributed it to a high-pressure system from Nevada. Weakened off-shore flow off the ocean compounds the heat, meaning inland areas don’t receive as much cooling, Hall added.
High temperatures also bring elevated fire weather conditions, Hall said, explaining that several regions across Socal have reached a “critically dry threshold” and that any ignition can lead to a large fire spread.
As Southern California scrambles to keep cool, the state issued a Flex Alert to mitigate potential power grid issues resulting from increased demand.
Hall recommended those across Southern California reconsider their outdoor activities and find air-conditioned spaces.
“This is going to be an extended heat wave,” Hall said. “Keep cool.”