Beating the Heat

Families flocked to the beach last week amid record heat.
Rich Schmitt / Staff Photographer

By MATTHEW MEYER | Reporter

Palisadians were relieved to see that Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, also marked a reprieve from the scorching heat wave that set record highs across Southern California this season.

Resident weather-tracker Craig Weston told the Palisadian-Post that his monitoring station in The Huntington clocked a sweltering high of 99 on Sunday, Sept. 3, one degree short of last year’s record 100.

“It’s rare that we get to this level in the Palisades,” Weston said.

But, he added, the most surprising element was that the near-triple digit reading came from around 10 a.m.

“I’ve never seen it that hot that early,” Weston told the Post.

In the San Fernando Valley and Inland Empire, temperatures routinely climbed above 105 in recent weeks.

Angelenos cranked up the air conditioning, straining the city’s energy infrastructure and setting an LADWP record for demand on the final day of August.

Readers reported weekend power outages in Castellammare, Lower Marquez and The Huntington amid the blistering heat.

But Palisadians with Labor Day plans for the great outdoors breathed a sigh of relief on their holiday Monday.

After some light rain in the morning (.06 inches, according to Weston), a comfortable high of 78 degrees made barbecues, pool parties and beach days in the Palisades a pleasant affair.

There’s reason for optimism too—temperatures are projected to remain at a more temperate level for at least the next week.

For Palisades-specific weather readings, visit Weston’s website at weatherlink.com/user/chartist10.