LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) Record temperatures are expected again on Sunday as a historic heat wave sweeps through California.
The National Weather Service says temperatures won’t cool until Tuesday and even then will stay above normal for the week.
According to the NWS, widespread highs between 105 and 115 degrees were expected on Sunday, which could be above 120 degrees in some areas (including Palm Springs). This added that the risk of fire would remain elevated as the week progressed.
On Saturday, the San Fernando Valley took the brunt of the extreme heat: Woodland Hills hit a record of 118 degrees and Burbank its record of 114 degrees.
“Impressive! This heat is incredible. I mean, it’s scorching,” said Robert Newman, a resident. “I burned a lot of calories today, that’s for sure, and definitely probably drank more water today than I did all week.”
Patricia Windsor, another resident, said she was born and raised in Burbank but had not experienced such warm weather.
Some residents flocked to lakes and parks in search of relief. Lake Balboa in Encino was full of families seeking shelter under trees and others hoping to get a little breeze as they rode the lake in boats.
Restaurants across the valley also reported a slowdown in business due to the heat, including in Burbank, where much of the outdoor seating was expanded due to COVID-19.
“I feel like today, as hot as it was, today was definitely the slowest day I’ve ever worked,” said Natalie Simpson, a server.
The heat wave is expected to continue earlier this week. A list of cooling centers can be found here.