Eddie Saade said he couldn't stand the 50-degree weather that chilled his home in Hollywood last week, so he turned on the heater. On Sunday, the 25-year-old laughed at that memory as he sat on the beach in Santa Monica, sweltering in Southern California's record-breaking heat.
While beachgoers enjoyed temperatures in the 80s, downtown Los Angeles rose to a toasty 94 degrees, up two degrees from the previous high, which was set in 1914. Other records were broken across the Southland, including in Long Beach (97 degrees), at UCLA (92 degrees) and Los Angeles International Airport (87 degrees), courtesy of unseasonable Santa Ana winds that blew into Southern California from Nevada, said meteorologist David Gomberg of the National Weather Service.
"Typically, we get wind coming off the ocean and that's what keeps us so mild," he said. "The reason everything's so dry right now is because the winds are coming from the desert air mass, meaning that it originates over land."
Santa Ana winds are most often associated with the brush fires of the fall and winter months, so their current appearance is unusual.