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September 9, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Southern California will finally get a respite from the searing summer heat over the next few days, but it will be short-lived, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to be normal to slightly below normal in coastal areas and in the valleys through Wednesday, said Andrew Rorke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard . A marine layer returned Sunday and is expected to push temperatures down, Rorke said. During a heat wave, interior coastal air pushes the cooler air farther onto the water and keeps it from reaching land.
July 8, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Everything is relative, perhaps heat most of all. That's why some Midwesterners are feeling grateful for Sunday's temperature downgrade from “lava-hot” to “merely baking.” Those are not official meteorological terms, by the way, but the drop from Saturday's high of roughly 105 degrees here in the nation's heartland - after a grueling week of similar heat - to more sensible July highs of 96 and 94 and 92 on Sunday...
June 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Samantha Schaefer
California remains in the grip of a heat wave that threatens to bring record temperatures to the state this weekend. On Friday, several records were set, both for high temperatures and for hottest low temperatures. And this weekend is supposed to be even hotter. On Saturday, the National Weather Service warned that temperatures could climb to 120 degrees in some desert areas, 100 to 115 in valleys, 100 to 105 in lower mountains and 80-95 in coastal areas. Several agencies opened cooling centers - air-conditioned facilities where the public can escape the heat - around Los Angeles County.
June 28, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Joseph Serna
The first day of a heat wave produced extreme temperatures Friday across Southern California, but forecasters say the real broiling will come this weekend. Heat records in Palmdale and Lancaster, which stand at 113 and 114 degrees, respectively, could be broken, National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto said. The last significant heat wave to hit Southern California was five years ago, Seto said. The 2009 heat wave baked the region for about two weeks. In Los Angeles, the hot weather is a particular concern to firefighters because it comes in a year of record dry conditions that have already sparked several brush fires across the region.
February 13, 2011 | By Wendy Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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June 29, 2013 | By Ahn Do
More records broke Saturday as a heat wave kept its grips on California and the West. According to the National Weather Service, several desert and Inland Empire communities set new records for this day of the year, including Palm Springs (122 degrees), Indio (121) and Riverside (105). Other record highs for the date were recorded in Lancaster (111), Paso Robles (111), Idyllwild (98) and Camarillo (89), according to the NWS. The hottest places were in desert areas. Needles set a new record of 120 degrees, according to Accuweather.
October 28, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Scientists have discovered a weather pattern that foreshadows heat waves and could be used to predict them more than two weeks in advance, well beyond the  10-day range of weather forecasts, a new study reports. Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research wondered if the prolonged and often deadly heat waves that hit the United States and other Northern Hemisphere countries during the summer could be triggered by large-scale atmospheric circulation patterns.
June 19, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Alaskans scrambled for ways to keep cool as an unusual heat wave warmed Anchorage and other parts of the state this week, bringing temperatures to the Last Frontier that felt more like Southern California. Residents headed to Goose Lake in Anchorage as temperatures hit 81 on Tuesday, breaking the previous record for the day of 80 degrees set in 1926. In June, temperatures in Anchorage usually range in the mid-60s. Even higher temperatures were recorded in the interior of the state.
June 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Emily Foxhall
Temperatures reached 105 degrees Friday in Palm Springs and it wasn't even noon yet. It was 97 degrees in Lancaster and 95 in Palmdale before 11 a.m., the National Weather Service reported. And it's only going to get worse. Los Angeles International Airport will match its record for June 29 if it hits 85 degrees Saturday as expected. Heat records for this weekend in Palmdale and Lancaster, which are 113 and 114 degrees, respectively, could also be broken this weekend, said National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto.
June 30, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun and Matt Stevens
FURNACE CREEK, Calif.  -- The National Weather Service forecast for Death Valley National Park on Sunday is a scorcher, with the mercury expected to soar to around 130 degrees for the first time in nearly a century. “It hasn't been that hot in Death Valley - or anywhere else in the United States - since July 13, 1913,” said Chris Stachelksi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Las Vegas office, which tracks the park's weather. Saturday's high temperature of 128 at Furnace Creek, in the heart of Death Valley, tied the record for the month of June.
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