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L.A. heat wave sets record high, takes toll on marathon

March 10, 2014|By Ruben Vives

With Southern California in the midst of a mini-heat wave, Los Angeles set a record high Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

The temperature Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport soared to 85 degrees, surpassing the record of 82 degrees for the day set in 2012.  

In Long Beach temperatures reached 87, matching the record for that date set in 2004.

The hotter-than-normal weather conditions made it one of the toughest and hottest race days for Los Angeles Marathon runners.

Temperatures climbed at least to 81 degrees at the finish line on Sunday, the highest mark since the race began its 26.2-mile “Stadium to the Sea” course from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica five years ago.

The heat  took its toll, resulting in some of the slowest times, with Amane Gobena of Ethiopia winning the woman’s race in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 37 seconds and fellow countryman Gebo Burka winning the men’s race in 2:10:37.

“The unusually high temperatures were a unique challenge for us this year,” Santa Monica Battalion Chief Jeff Furrows told the Los Angeles Times. “We saw more folks in need of assistance.”

City firefighters aided 95 runners, sending 16 to area hospitals for dehydration, cramps, chest pains and exhaustion, he said.

A warming trend is expected to continue this week, with a chance of strong Santa Ana winds developing by Wednesday, according to weather forecasters.

Cooler temperatures, though, are expected along the coast.

 

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