LOS ANGELES — California’s blistering fall heat wave sent temperatures to an all-time record high of 113 degrees in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, and many sought refuge at the beach.
Downtown hit 113 degrees for a few minutes at about 12:15 p.m., breaking the old all-time record of 112 degrees set on June 26, 1990, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist at the National Weather Service office in Oxnard. Temperature records for downtown date to 1877.
The historic mark was part of an onslaught of temperatures well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in many cities ranging from Anaheim, home of Disneyland, to San Luis Obispo on the usually balmy Central Coast.
The giant Los Angeles Unified School District canceled all outdoor activities, including sports competitions and practices.
Thousands of heat-related power outages were reported.
More than 30,000 Southern California Edison customers were without power at 8 p.m. Monday, spokeswoman Mashi Nyssen said. Some of the cities affected include Santa Monica, Compton, Whittier and
West Hollywood in Los Angeles County and Santa Ana, Fullerton and Huntington Beach in Orange County.
About 5,400 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers were affected.