Los Angeles Times

Heat wave shatters records in West

Several locations around the state have recorded all-time high temperatur­es.

- By Grace Toohey

California and the West are still days away from the end of the current heat wave, which has brought oppressive and dangerous temperatur­es to many areas for almost a week.

In a Monday forecast, the National Weather Service described the situation as a “seemingly never-ending heat wave,” with heat warnings remaining in place for much of the state’s interior through Saturday.

In some cases, the heat has already been deadly, and officials are urging people to take the extreme heat seriously.

The heat wave has repeatedly been described as unpreceden­ted in length and magnitude, setting several records for high temperatur­es across the Golden State and the western United States.

Here’s a list of some of those records, according to data and reports from the weather service.

All-time records

These locations endured their highest temperatur­es or most sustained heat misery since the weather service began collecting such data.

■ Barstow tied its all-time record on both Monday and Sunday, hitting 118 degrees.

■ Palmdale and Lancaster on Monday experience­d a record fifth straight day of temperatur­es at or above 110 degrees, surpassing the prior record of three days for both Antelope Valley cities.

Officials say the streak is expected to continue the rest of the week, with highs forecast above 110 until Friday.

■ Lancaster tied its alltime record high Sunday, hitting 115 degrees.

■ Las Vegas on Sunday smashed its record high temperatur­e by three degrees, hitting 120 for the first time since recordkeep­ing began in 1937. Las Vegas is also expected to break its all-time record for consecutiv­e days at or above 110 degrees, hitting five days in a row Monday. It’s forecast to remain just as hot through next week, which would beat the prior 10-day streak.

■ Bishop tied its all-time high at 111 on Sunday.

■ In Humboldt County, Alderpoint hit 113 on Sunday, passing its past all-time record of 112; Hoopa hit 114, surpassing the prior high of 111; and Redway hit 116, inching past the prior mark of 115.

■ In Mendocino County, Covelo hit 117, beating its prior all-time high of 115.

■ Redding on Saturday hit an all-time high of 119.

■ Palmdale set a record high Saturday at 115.

■ Palm Springs on Friday hit 124, its highest temperatur­e in recorded history.

Daily records

In addition to the all-time highs, a number of locations recently set records for the highest temperatur­e recorded on that day of the year.

Highest temperatur­e ever for July 6 (with the prior high for that date, if available)

■ Death Valley: 128 degrees

■ Red Bluff: 118 degrees (111 in 2007)

■ Barstow-Daggett Airport: 117 degrees

■ Ukiah: 117 degrees

■ Redway: 116 degrees

■ Lancaster: 115 degrees (111 in 1989)

■ Sacramento: 113 degrees (105 in 1989)

■ Stockton: 111 degrees (104 in 1989)

■ Livermore: 111 degrees (109 in 1905)

■ Modesto: 110 degrees (106 in 2007)

■ Bishop: 108 degrees

■ King City: 102 degrees (99 in 2018)

Highest temperatur­e ever for July 7

■ Las Vegas: 120 degrees

■ Palmdale: 114 degrees (110 in 1989)

■ Bishop: 111 degrees

Highest temperatur­e ever for July 8

■ Needles: 123 degrees (120 in 2017)

■ Palm Springs: 122 degrees (119 in 1958)

■ Borrego Springs: 120 degrees (117 in 1976)

■ Las Vegas: 115 degrees (114 in 2021)

■ Lancaster: 113 degrees (111 in 2008)

■ Palmdale: 112 degrees (110 from 2008)

■ Bishop: 110 degrees (109 in 2021)

■ Madera: 110 degrees (107 in 1932)

■ Merced: 109 degrees (108 in 1921)

■ Big Bear: 92 degrees (91 in 2002)

■ South Lake Tahoe: 91 degrees (89 in 2017)

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