As predicted, new daily, monthly and all-time record highs were set throughout Southern California on Friday because of a monster heat dome sprawled over the region.
The temperature at UCLA soared to 111 degrees, the hottest ever recorded there, surpassing the previous record of 109 degrees, set Sept. 20, 1939, the National Weather Service reported. Records at UCLA date back to 1933.
While the temperature at UCLA set an all-time record, the high in downtown Los Angeles, 108 degrees, fell short of its all-time mark of 113 from September 2010. Still, the 108-degree reading crushed the July 6 daily record of 94, set in 1992.
In addition to UCLA, other locations that set all-time records in Southern California include:
- Hollywood Burbank Airport, 114 degrees.
- Van Nuys Airport, 117 degrees.
- Ramona, 117 degrees.
- Santa Ana, 114 degrees.
- Riverside, 118 degrees (tying record from 1925).
The heat dome affecting California is the same one that brought record heat to Denver and Burlington, Vt., and is to blame for at least 54 heat-related deaths in southern Quebec. In recent days, after focusing over the eastern half of the United States, it has shifted westward and, in some locations, its intensity is record-setting.