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September 14, 2013 | By Lily Dayton
Mimi Benz discovered her fervor for hot exercise by accident. She had taken heated yoga classes but had never thought to combine high temperatures with her true passion, indoor cycling, until the air conditioning broke during a cycling class at her gym. From that first hot ride, she was hooked. "I loved it," says Benz, explaining that with a heated workout she didn't have to waste time warming up. "It improves blood flow throughout your body, so you go into a high-calorie burn more quickly.
September 8, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Southern California residents looking from a break from the sweltering summer heat don't have to wait much longer as temperatures are expected to cool down over the next few days, according to the National Weather Service. A cooling trend is expected to take place Sunday through Wednesday, as the area of high pressure that brought on a heat wave last week has broken down and will offer the area a much-needed respite, said meteorologist David Sweet. Near the beaches, temperatures are expected to drop to the mid- to upper-70s.  Low clouds and fog may settle over some coastal communities and further cool the area, Sweet said.
September 7, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf
Sweltering temperatures are expected to persist throughout much of Southern California on Saturday, but weather forecasters predicted a cooling trend would begin Sunday. "The good news is that the heat wave, if you want to call it that, is breaking," said John Dumas, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. "The bad news is that it's not breaking very much, and temperatures are going to start going up again on Wednesday. " On Saturday, most of the valley and foothill areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties were expected to have highs between 95 and 103 degrees.
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 Robert J. Lopez
Triple-digit temperatures scorched inland areas across Southern California on Thursday as a heat wave continued to grip the region and was expected to last into the weekend. The blistering heat was being caused by high pressure that the National Weather Service said would continue through Sunday. In Los Angeles County, Saugus hit 105 degrees on Thursday and Woodland Hills topped out at 104. Downtown Los Angeles reached 96 degrees, according to the Weather Service. Along the coast, the Santa Monica Pier reached 76 degrees and Redondo Beach hit 78. Fullerton in Orange County was 103 and Anaheim was 97. Laguna Beach hit 85 degrees, the Weather Service said.
September 4, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A heat wave was expected to start sweeping across already sweltering Southern California on Wednesday and forecasters said it could push temperatures up to 20 degrees above normal over the next three days. A large area of high pressure will create a warming trend that should continue through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Triple-digit temperatures are expected in the western San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and Ventura County, and other areas will feel like it's in the 100s when the humidity is factored in. "And there will not be much overnight relief," said weather service specialist Stuart Seto.
August 31, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Southern California residents who have suffered through days of hot and muggy weather conditions may soon get some relief. A turn in airflow and slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity may be just around the corner, said meteorologist Carol Smith of the National Weather Service station in Oxnard. "Today we're looking at mid-90s away from the coast ... tomorrow kind of edging down to the mid-80s," she said. "It will still be kind of humid, but the trend is in the direction of drying as we get less moisture coming up in the area.
August 31, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Ari Bloomekatz
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. -- Officials reported Saturday that the Rim fire has burned 219,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park as hot conditions posed new challenges for firefighters. The fire -- the fifth largest in state history -- is now 35% contained. Officials said the fire was "very active" in some places overnight and that aircraft would he used again Saturday to make water drops. More than 4,900 firefighters were battling the fire on Friday, while the cost of the operation has ballooned to $47 million.
August 28, 2013
Re “Coastal flooding could cost cities $60 billion by 2050, study says,” Aug. 20 Annual losses of $60 billion - I'm taking bets that this is not just wrong, it will prove to be tragically wrong if we don't change our ways. We know there is a lag between the burning of fossil fuels and higher temperatures. We are approaching tipping points after which humankind loses any control; after which science predictions have no meaning. If we continue to be governed by a denier Congress and continue with business as usual, the losses will be incomprehensible.
August 28, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Robert J. Lopez and Joseph Serna
GROVELAND, Calif. - The Rim fire should be fully contained by Sept. 10, a fire official said Wednesday, as lower temperatures, higher humidity and lighter winds allow crews to make headway against the sprawling blaze that has swept into Yosemite National Park. "That's given us a greater opportunity to get in there and strengthen our containment lines," said Daniel Berlant, spokesman of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials have said they expect it to burn until snow begins to fall.
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