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September 6, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Southern California can expect little relief Friday as a blistering heat wave continues into the weekend. Temperatures are expected to edge down only slightly heading into the weekend, and will remain well above what's normal for this time of year, said Kurt Kaplan, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “It'll still be very, very hot,” he said. In the inland valleys and foothills, temperatures on Friday could reach 106 degrees. Potential highs of 107 degrees prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for Orange County and the Inland Empire as the Southland enters Day 3 of a sweltering heat wave.
September 5, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Jason Wells
The uncle of a missing college student from Orange County fears his body may be the one was found burning near Castaic Lake Wednesday morning. The gruesome discovery was made at about 6 a.m. about three miles north of Lake Hughes Road by a cyclist who initially thought it was a brush fire, said Los Angeles County fire supervisor Bernard Peters. When fire crews arrived, they instead found a burning body. Frank David told CBS that the body was “more than likely” that of 19-year-old Bryce Laspisa, whose 2003 Toyota Highlander was found a few days before on the Main Ramp Road near the lake.
July 18, 2013 | By Benjamin Mueller
Cooler temperatures are approaching, but the year's worst heat wave continues to punish areas from South Dakota to coastal Massachusetts on Thursday, prolonging withering conditions that have already claimed one man's life in Kentucky. Officials warn that persistent overnight heat, high humidity and intense sunshine threaten areas of the country, especially the Midwest, that aren't accustomed to near-tropical conditions. Excessive heat still blankets parts of 21 states and the District of Columbia, with temperatures reaching into the 100s when accounting for humidity.
July 17, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
A vast swath of the United States is roasting under the latest heat wave of the summer. A scorching heat wave last month registered higher temperatures, but this one is hitting a larger area, with forecasters warning of potentially dangerous temperatures from the Dakotas to New England.  Weather advisories were issued for parts of at least 19 states. As temperatures soared into the 90s across the country, authorities were urging residents to seek out air conditioning, cooling shelters or community pools.
July 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Excessive heat warnings have been issued for mountain areas across Southern California through Thursday night, the National Weather Service said. The weather will remain hot and humid in elevations below 4,000 feet from Santa Barbara County to the Mexican Border in San Diego County, the agency said Tuesday. The excessive heat index in some areas will be between 100 and 105 degrees. The index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with the actual air temperature, according to the Weather Service.
July 1, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Triple-digit heat scorched parts of Southern California on Monday, and the National Weather Service said above-normal temperatures would continue in inland areas for the rest of the week. In Paso Robles in San Luis Obispo County, the temperature topped out at 107 degrees Monday, according to the weather service. In Los Angeles County, Palmdale recorded a high of 104 and Burbank reported 100 degrees.  [Updated, 6:48 p.m July 1: The 107 degrees reported in Paso Robles tied a record for the day set in 1950, the Weather Service said.
July 1, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The worst of a heat wave that broiled the Western U.S. may have passed, but forecasters say it will remain hot across the region for the next several days. Temperatures will drop a few degrees Monday, causing the National Weather Service to remove excessive heat warnings from the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys. But the warnings remain in effect for the Santa Clarita Valley, L.A. mountains and the Antelope Valley. “It's going to be hot, but just not as hot,” said NWS meteorologist Rich Thompson.
July 1, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
After adjacent thermometers showed conflicting temperatures Sunday at Death Valley National Park, park rangers this morning resolved the debate over the precise peak temperature reached. According to the National Weather Service, Sunday's highest temperature was 129 degrees, making it the hottest June temperature ever recorded in the U.S. The soaring temperature also beat out the park's hottest temperature from last summer by one degree, according to park officials. "It's early for us to have these temperatures in June," said park spokeswoman Cheryl Chipman.
July 1, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton and Louis Sahagun
Death Valley continued to broil Monday, a day after setting a major weather record. The high temperature was 126 degrees. As of 4 p.m., it was 123, according to Accuweather. Sunday's record-blistering high was reported as 129. The heat wave continued Monday with temperatures in the 80s in the L.A. basin, 90s in valley areas and above 100 in spots like Lancaster, Palmdale and Palm Springs. The forecast calls for slightly cooler temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday. For much of California, the focus has been on Death Valley.
July 1, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
As the heat records were toppling across Southern California, whole neighborhoods sounded like hornets' nests. Air conditioners were droning night and day, ceaselessly churning out the chill to create indoor climate 20 or 30 degrees cooler than the outdoor one. I set my AC so that it didn't come on until the indoor temperature hit 78, the temperature some power companies advise in these incalescent times. And I was perfectly fine. But I know darn well that as the temperature rose, people at thousands of businesses and homes were twisting the thermostats down to 72 or even lower.
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