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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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NATIONAL
July 6, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
It's not that the Midwest hasn't been extremely hot before, and it's not that it hasn't been incredibly dry. But it's unusual for a vast swath of the Midwest to be so very hot and so very dry for so very long -- particularly this early in the summer. The current heat wave -- which is spurring comparisons to the catastrophic heat of 1936 --  is "out of whack," meteorologist Jim Keeney said Friday in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.  Photos: Midwest heat wave "Even on the East Coast today, temperatures are 100 or above" -- basically, Keeney said, the heat wave extends from Kansas all the way to the East Coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Emily Foxhall
Temperatures continued to climb across Southern California on Friday as a heat wave expected to last into next week settled over the region. “By this weekend, it'll cover most of the Western United States,” National Weather Service specialist Stuart Seto said. By 2 p.m. the heat was at near-record levels for several cities in the Antelope Valley and in California deserts. It was 104 degrees in Lancaster, 103 in Acton, 102 in Palmdale and 94 in Burbank. The mercury hit 115 at Palm Springs International Airport and 114 in Death Valley, which isn't at its hottest until 4 or 5 p.m., Seto said.
SCIENCE
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
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