Woodland Hills recorded not only its hottest day in history, but L.A. County’s as well, with a 121-degree Sunday high.
The record-setting temperature was documented by Pierce College at about 1:30 p.m. and broke the previous county record of 119-degrees, set on July 19, 2006.
All-Time Record High at Woodland Hills (Pierce College) today at 121° breaks the old record of 119° set on 7/22/2006 Click on the link below for more interesting details. https://t.co/wDCq45s0No#cawx #LAheat #LAweather #SoCal
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) September 6, 2020
New wildfires have also added to the L.A. County heat, with more than 1,000 acres burning in what is being called the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest.
More than 100 firefighters are battling the blaze with 0% containment as of this writing.
— Angeles_NF (@Angeles_NF) September 6, 2020
The National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch, with the expectation that winds of up to 35 m.p.h. to hit L.A. County on Tuesday and Wednesday.
“We’re witnessing weather conditions that can quickly generate dangerous and fast-moving wildfires, especially in communities that are near foothills, canyons and wildland areas,” Kevin McGowan, Director of the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management said. “Emergency response professionals will act quickly and expertly, but they need the cooperation of L.A. County residents to keep as many neighborhoods as safe as possible. We urge all residents to practice wildfire readiness and safety now. Have a plan to evacuate, pack supplies to quickly leave if needed, and track breaking news to stay informed.”
The county has detailed precautionary evacuation tips through its “Ready! Set! Go!” program and is asking L.A. County residents to have a plan if evacuations are needed.
More than 6,000 wildfires have burned more than 1 million acres in California through August, According to CAL Fire.
The record heat is also affecting L.A. County’s power, as a statewide flex alert has been issued through Monday, September 7, asking California residents to reduce its power usage between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.
“Ok California – timing on this conservation effort is very important,” Mark Ghilarducci, Directorof California’s Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security said. “We need everyone to lean in and conserve until 9pm to get through this. Therm at 78 & lights off! It will help keep the grid reliable! Thank you for all of your effort!”