Tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected to ease be­gin­ning Wed­nes­day.

Los Angeles Times - - Front Page - Ken­neth R. Weiss

In Santa Mon­ica, thou­sands es­caped the triple-digit tem­per­a­tures that siz­zled through­out the South­land on Sun­day. The heat is fore­cast to con­tinue through Tues­day. “Af­ter a slow sum­mer, we are ex­cited to have a lot of peo­ple on the beach,” said Danny Dou­glas, an L.A. County life­guard.

Hot, dry weather in the South­land will con­tinue to raise red-flag warn­ings for el­e­vated fire dan­ger through Mon­day evening, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice re­ported. Scorch­ing tem­per­a­tures will con­tinue through Tues­day be­fore patchy morn­ing coastal fog and clouds re­turn Wed­nes­day.

Ther­mome­ters hit 103 de­grees in down­town Los An­ge­les on Sun­day af­ter­noon, a weather ser­vice spokesman said. In­land gauges in the San Gabriel and San Fer­nando val­leys reached 105, send­ing a hu­man wave to seek re­lief at South­land beaches.

Santa Mon­ica’s pop­u­lar beach­was a sea of hu­man­ity and col­or­ful um­brel­las. The roads lead­ing to the coast, along with shore­line park­ing lots, were jammed.

L.A. County life­guards es­ti­mated about 350,000 peo­ple hit the beach along a stretch of Santa Mon­ica Bay from Ma­rina del Rey to Topanga State Beach.

“Af­ter a slow sum­mer, we are ex­cited to have a lot of peo­ple on the beach,” said life­guard Capt. Danny Dou­glas. Fel­low life­guards, he said, had tal­lied only 14 days of all-day sun­shine at county beaches dur­ing an un­usu­ally over­cast, foggy sum­mer.

Hot, sunny days are com­mon in Septem­ber, said Bill Hoffer of the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. “We get these kinds of high tem­per­a­tures ev­ery year.” This one was prompted by a strong high-pres­sure sys­tem hov­er­ing over the state, bring­ing a heat wave that stretched from San Diego to San Fran­cisco.

The weather ser­vice said tem­per­a­tures may climb a bit higher Mon­day in some places, rang­ing be­tween 100 and 110 in in­land ar­eas with low lev­els of hu­mid­ity. Those con­di­tions, along with an­tic­i­pated north­east winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts to 35 mph, have prompted red­flag warn­ings for the moun­tains and foothills of Los An­ge­les and Ven­tura coun­ties through 9 p.m. Mon­day.

Fire­fight­ers moved en­gines and other equip­ment into strate­gic lo­ca­tions closer to ar­eas with the high­est haz­ard, said Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los An­ge­les Fire Depart­ment. A small blaze ig­nited by a car fire in the Hollywood Hills was quickly ex­tin­guished, he said.

“When it comes to wild­fire, wind is king,” Humphrey said. “We have thank­fully been spared so far. We have be­gun our long, steady march to­ward the peak of fire sea­son.”

Gina Fer­azzi

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