After 119, 105-degree day is cool, dude

first_img“Why don’t you two guys go (home)? It’s too hot,” said Darrell Allen of Allen Construction, speaking to workers in wide-brimmed hats at the future site of the Warner Court condominiums. “On this deck,” he said, “it’s about 20 to 25 degrees hotter. It’s gotta be a buck-and-a-quarter here. That means, go home early, but we keep staying, ’cause we’re not smart.” For Los Angeles County mountains other than the Santa Monicas, an excessive heat warning was issued Wednesday, with some spots expected to hit 105. By late afternoon, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported nearly 4,000 Los Angeles residents were without power, compared with 11,000 earlier in the day. Southern California Edison reported 3,300 residents without power. But some residents say they’re learning to take the heat in stride. “I like it,” said Vincent Montegna, 47, riding his scooter in Woodland Hills. “If you’ve lived in Florida, you can live anywhere.” “I’m overdosing on AC,” added Dawna Shuman, 53, of Sherman Oaks. “I’ve been breathing in Freon 24 hours a day for weeks. … I’m simply silly. What’s a girl to do?” (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! How do you spell relief on the 21st day of a triple-digit heat wave? “O-N-L-Y 1-0-5 D-E-G-R-E-E-S” in the west San Fernando Valley on Wednesday. Temperatures plummeted from an all-time Los Angeles County high of 119 degrees in Woodland Hills on Saturday and were expected to drop below the century mark today. But many residents said they still must suffer the Houston-like humidity. “Compared to 119, it’s cool, but still humid,” said Daniel Johnson, 31, of Canoga Park, whose car window exploded Saturday from the heat. “It’s bearable in the shade.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesWhile temperatures reached 105 in Woodland Hills and Chatsworth, the mercury dropped to 97 in Van Nuys and 96 in Burbank and downtown Los Angeles. For Woodland Hills, the Valley’s hot spot, temperatures were expected to slide between highs of 99 today to a relatively cool 93 by Saturday, according to forecasts. “This Bud’s for you,” said Bill Hoffer, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard, in a mock toast to the Valley. “We have no heat index in your forecast, so it’s a big relief, because the high temperatures have come down.” Hoffer said the massive high-pressure zone lurking over Las Vegas and drawing tropical moisture from Mexico into California is slowly moving east. As a result, temperatures should cool throughout California. Wednesday was the 21st day in a row on which temperatures reached or exceeded 100 degrees in Woodland Hills, a record, according to the NWS. This month, temperatures in Woodland Hills have reached or topped 100 degrees on 25 nonconsecutive days, breaking the record of 20 days set in July 1985. For 15 carpenters framing condominiums atop a concrete slab in Woodland Hills, 105 meant little relief from the searing afternoon sun. last_img

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