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latest news Los Angeles heat wave breaks temperature records

Friday marked a day of record temperatures for the Los Angeles area, amid an unusual spring heat wave.

Daily records were broken or tied in eight locations, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Long Beach reached a sweltering 101 degrees, breaking the old record of 92 set in 2014, forecasters said. Camarillo hit 99, breaking the record of 86 set in 2003. Oxnard’s high of 98 broke the previous record of 85 set in 1938. And Santa Barbara reached 90 degrees on Friday, breaking the record of 87 set in 2019.

At UCLA, the temperature reached 94 degrees; the previous record of 87 was set in 1989. Records were also broken in Downtown Los Angeles – which reached 95, down from 92 in 1989 – and at Los Angeles International Airport – at 97, down from 88 in 1989 – said the forecasters.

Burbank’s high of 99 tied a record set in 1989, forecasters said.

Forecasters issued a heat advisory, which expired Friday evening, and public warnings of increased fire danger and risk of heat-related illness.

Conditions this week have raised concerns about the drought that continues to plague California.

The latest update from the US Drought Monitor, released Thursday, showed more than 40% of the state was in extreme drought conditions, up from about 16% three months ago. Almost the entire state is classified as having extreme or severe drought.

Statewide snowfall Thursday was an abysmal 27% of normal for the date, according to state data. Despite a handful of winter storms, California recorded its driest first quarter, state officials said last week. The months of January through March are typically the height of California’s rainy season.

Water regulators are increasingly concerned about dwindling supplies and backsliding conservation efforts. Urban water consumption in the state fell just 0.5% in February, compared to the same month in 2020.

Some relief is on the way, with temperatures expected to drop over the weekend. Highs should be about 10 degrees cooler in most places on Saturday, forecasters said.

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