Here’s where Southern California’s heat wave could set records – Daily News

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Southern California’s temperature records this time of year are brutally hot — days in late August and early September have hit 120 degrees or more in Woodland Hills and the Coachella Valley, and have topped 110 degrees from downtown Los Angeles to the Inland Empire.

But a heat wave that started Tuesday, Aug. 30, and is expected to linger through Labor Day could put 2022 in the record books.

If forecasts prove correct, Big Bear Lake, Lancaster, Palmdale and Sandberg could match or break records from Wednesday through Sunday.

Burbank, Idyllwild, Indio, Lake Elsinore, Thermal and Woodland Hills also have forecasts that put their highs within 3 degrees of records, while Anaheim, Newport Beach, Riverside and Palm Springs are expected to be within 5 degrees of their record highs.

Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties have 18 locations where official records can be set because the weather stations there have the quality and longevity needed, according to the National Weather Service. Only four of them — downtown Los Angeles, LAX, UCLA and Long Beach — won’t get near record heat territory through Monday if the forecasts bear out.

“The temperatures are eye-popping,” said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Los Angeles.

Peak heat

This tends to be the hottest time of year in Southern California, Kittell said.

“Most of our all-time records are in the month of September,” he said. “We don’t have any all-time records in the forecast at this point, but it’s in the range of possibility for a few sites. They could at least get close.”

Those sites include Woodland Hills and Burbank, Kittell said. Woodland Hills’ hottest day ever was 120 and it’s forecast to hit 112 on Sunday, while Burbank’s highest ever temperature was 114 and it’s predicted to reach 108 on Sunday.

Both of those all-time records were set or matched on Sept. 6, 2020, the peak of one of Southern California’s fiercest heat waves ever. Almost every location set daily records, including 120 degrees in Palm Springs and Indio, 117 in Riverside and Lake Elsinore, 111 in downtown Los Angeles, 109 in Anaheim, 105 at UCLA and even 104 in high-elevation Idyllwild.

“It’s going to be hard to break those records,” said Liz Schenk, a National Weather Service meteorologist in San Diego.

But with excessive heat warnings in effect for the entire region through Monday, and highs reaching the 80s-90s at the coast, 100s in inland areas and over 110 in the deserts, some records between now and then could fall. Here are the locations where the weather service forecast as of Tuesday afternoon was over, or within 3 degrees below, the record.

Wednesday:

  • Big Bear Lake (record of 88 degrees set in 1976)
  • Idyllwild (94 in 2017)
  • Indio (116 in 2007)
  • Lake Elsinore (111 in 2007)
  • Lancaster (109 in 1948)
  • Palmdale (109 in 1996)
  • Sandberg (98 in 2017)
  • Woodland Hills (111 in 1998)

Thursday:

  • Big Bear Lake (86 in 1978)
  • Lancaster (110 in 1950)
  • Palmdale (109 in 1996)
  • Sandberg (97 in 1947)
  • Woodland Hills (111 in 2017)

Friday:

  • Big Bear Lake (87 in 1978)
  • Palmdale (109 in 1996)

Saturday:

  • Big Bear Lake (86 in 1978)
  • Idyllwild (95 in 2020)
  • Lake Elsinore (110 in 1955)
  • Lancaster (108 in 1955)
  • Palmdale (106 in 2020)
  • Sandberg (97 in 1955)

Sunday:

  • Big Bear Lake (87 in 2020)
  • Burbank airport (110 in 1984)
  • Lake Elsinore (110 in 1955)
  • Lancaster (108 in 2020)
  • Palmdale (109 in 2020)
  • Sandberg (101 in 2020)
  • Woodland Hills (114 in 1988)

Monday:

  • Big Bear Lake (87 in 2020)
  • Lancaster (111 in 2020)

Dangerous heat

Daytime high temperatures tend to get the most attention, but Schenk pointed out that the region also is likely to set records for highest minimum overnight temperatures. Coastal areas should cool off into the 70s, but some inland areas will stay in the 80s at night.

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