The good news is, the punishing heat wave is over--for the moment at least.
After eight days of searing heat, there will finally be some relief this Fourth of July weekend, according to weather forecasters.
Temperatures today through Monday are expected to be from the upper 60s to the mid-70s at the beaches to the mid-80s inland--a welcome relief from the unseasonably hot weather that had air conditioners working overtime.
Overnight lows will range from the upper 50s to the mid-60s throughout the weekend, forecasters said.
"It's finally cooled off," said Curtis Brack, a meteorologist with WeatherData, which supplies forecasts for The Times. "The heat wave is pretty much over until we get the old Santa Anas back."