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Wildfires Surge Amid Scorching Heat Across US West

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The National Weather Service had an extreme heat warning in place in Southern California until Saturday night, and officials urged residents to cool off in libraries and city pools.

The heat was especially hard on the homeless in Los Angeles, who number in the tens of thousands. Destiny Galbreath was already sweating when she woke up on Saturday in her tent in downtown Pomona, in the eastern part of the county, where temperatures reached 105. Ms. Galbreath, 23, said the heat was much harder to take than the cold.

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“When you’re outside in the cold, it’s easier because everyone comes together,” she said. “Everyone tries to huddle up.”

Ms. Galbreath was waiting for the library to open — for the sweet relief of air conditioning. She held a foam cup that a local restaurant would later fill with ice for her.

The temperature spike broke with historical weather patterns. While much of the Northern Hemisphere suffers through its hottest days in the summer months — June, July, August — Southern California’s hottest days are often in September or October.

Records were shattered in some places on Friday. The temperature at the University of California, Los Angeles, reached 111 on Friday, the hottest it has ever been there. Other record highs, according to the National Weather Service, were 114 at the Hollywood Burbank Airport, 117 at the Van Nuys Airport, 117 in Ramona and 114 in Santa Ana. In Riverside, a high temperature of 118 matched a record set in 1925.

Many sidewalks and plazas in the region were ghost towns, and the hum of air-conditioners filled the heavy, ovenlike air.


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Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/07/us/california-wildfires-heat-wave.html

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