Woo-hoo! I went for a quick 1-hour ride in 111*F / 44*C heat here in L.A.! Yahoo! weather says it feels like 118*F / 48*C. I was okay on the flat parts as I was moving and the wind would keep me from overheating. But going up the mountain in the granny gear... OMG, I felt like I was going to pass out and collapse. Sweat was just pouring off of me and I drank 1 gallon of liquids during my ride.
So how about you guys in Phoenix, Vegas, and elsewhere? Is it hotter than hell where you are and did you ride in it?
Weather records fall as temperatures soar
Article Launched: 07/22/2006 12:00:00 AM PDT
BY ANGIE VALENCIA-MARTINEZ, Staff Writer
WOODLAND HILLS - The West San Fernando Valley suffered Friday through a record 16th day of triple-digit heat as temperatures soared to 112 degrees - also a record.
And with scorching temperatures and high humidity expected through the weekend, forecasters say Southern California is set for, well, a record-breaking summer.
"Southern California is not used to high humidity values," said Jamie Meier, a National Weather Service meteorologist. "When we have so much moisture in the atmosphere, it makes the high temperature that much more unbearable.
"It is definitely the hottest beginning of summer we've had in quite some time."
In Woodland Hills, typically one of the hottest spots in the Los Angeles basin, Friday's 112 degree high broke the record of 110 degrees set in 1976. It also broke the record for 15 consecutive days of triple-digit temperatures.
SoCal, State Set Power Consumption Records
UPDATED: 8:39 pm PDT July 21, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- The unrelenting heat wave gripping Southern California and the state caused record demand for electricity Friday, utility officials said.
The 22,622 megawatts of power delivered by SCE at 4 p.m. surpassed the previous record of 21,934 megawatts supplied exactly one year ago, according to the utility company.
Statewide, demand for electricity peaked at 49,036 megawatts at 4:24 p.m., obliterating the previous record of 46,561 megawatts, set Monday, said Gregg Fishman of the California Independent System Operator. Thursday's peak power usage was 46,465 megawatts. The heat wave is expected to continue into the weekend.
Time to get ready for blackouts this week.