Southern California baked under triple-digit temperatures that shattered records on Friday (July 6), straining power grids and prompting the National Weather Service to issue warnings.
Downtown Los Angeles set a record for July 6 when temperatures reached 95 degrees Fahrenheit by 10:15 a.m., before climbing to 106 degrees shortly before 3 p.m.
To beat the heat, many made their way to the beach in Santa Monica, where for some, it was standing room only.
“The parking lots are full and this is about as bad as it gets for us but it’s really good. Our mission is just to make sure that everyone comes happy and they go home even happier and safe,” said veteran L.A. County lifeguard Eldin Onsgard. Some swam in the ocean, others sought out ice cold treats.
Outerlying areas found stifling, scorching heat, sending many to cooling centers with air conditioning at full blast.
The extreme heat in combination with single digit humidity and gusty north winds also brought forth critical fire weather conditions through greater Southern California.
And the heat wave isn’t over yet.
Meteorologists predict more triple-digit temperatures through Saturday before easing up a bit on Sunday.