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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
After weeks of cooler temperatures, and even spurts of rain, Los Angeles will experience a warm-up this week with temperatures as high as 15 degrees above normal, forecasters said. A “very large” high-pressure system will bring temperatures into the upper 80s along with off-shore winds from the northeast, National Weather Service weather specialist Stuart Seto said. Downtown, for example, will warm to about 87 degrees on Monday before a cooling trend begins after Wednesday.   Temperatures are “really on the climb,” Seto said.
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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.
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.
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.
SPORTS
July 22, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Baltimore — How hot was it Friday in Baltimore? It was so hot you could have steamed crabs without water. In fact the National Weather Service said it's never been hotter, with the midafternoon temperature of 107 degrees downtown matching a record set in 1936. And with the humidity at 48%, the heat index — a measurement that factors in the temperature and humidity — was 120 degrees. "It is what it is. There's nothing you can change," said T.J. Harrington , the Angels' strength and conditioning coach.
WORLD
July 29, 2010 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
As peat fires raged on the outskirts of town, shrouding Moscow in a thick cloud of smog, residents Wednesday sought to cope with a record-breaking heat wave that is expected to intensify further. Public health officials urged workers in non-essential jobs to stay home and people not to drive their cars as weather forecasters predicted temperatures exceeding 102 degrees Thursday, in a city more used to icy spells than such heat. With more than 1,480 fires in two weeks, the smog level had soared to as high as 10 times the safe level in parts of Moscow.
NEWS
June 11, 1991 | Reuters
A searing heat wave in Pakistan's southern Sind province killed at least 200 people over the weekend, raising the toll to more than 300.
NEWS
July 24, 1987 | From Reuters
At least five people have died and thousands have asked for medical help in Yugoslavia due to a heat wave, with temperatures in some parts of the country soaring to 104 degrees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
July 12, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
As a heat wave sweeps eastward through much of the United States, residents of the affected cities are bracing for the worst. A few words of advice: Protect your young, your elderly and your residents of bad shopping areas. It's true. People who live in areas without "inviting" businesses are more at risk of dying. A 2006 study published in the American Sociological Review looked at the 1995 heat wave in Chicago and found that mortality rates were higher in areas where businesses were not well tended and leaned toward the bar-and-liquor-store variety.
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