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Fall heat wave turns 'happiest place on Earth' into hottest place in America

Hannah Fry, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Weather News

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Mickey Mouse and his guests at the Magic Kingdom endured quite a scorcher on Monday.

The city of Anaheim, home to Disneyland, earned the title of hottest place in the United States for the day after reaching a sizzling 98 degrees. Yorba Linda and San Pasqual Valley trailed slightly at 97 degrees while Fullerton, Chino, Escondido, Santee, Long Beach and Death Valley all reached 96 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

"Ironically, no records were broken, but it was still hot," said Jimmy Taeger, a weather service meteorologist in San Diego. "And it's going to be quite toasty through Friday."

The normal high temperature for this time of year in the Orange County city is about 81 degrees. However, the mercury reached a record-breaking high of 100 degrees on the same day in 2017.

Southern California is in the midst of a fall heat wave brought by a mixture of high pressure and offshore winds with temperatures at least 10 degrees warmer than usual, Taeger said.

Temperatures ranging from 90 degrees to more than 100 degrees are expected across much of Southern California through Tuesday. The coolest beaches in the region are expected to see the mid- or upper 80s, forecasters say.

 

The warming trend prompted the weather service to issue a heat advisory from 10 a.m. til 5 p.m. Tuesday, suggesting that people "drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors."

The heat will get a boost when Santa Ana winds arrive Wednesday night, bringing prime conditions for wildfires across the region. Forecasters say that, while there's still some uncertainty about the strength of the winds, they anticipate peak gusts of 20-60 mph.

"There's a fire weather watch in place on Thursday and Friday, but we still have elevated fire weather conditions today with it being hot, dry and a little bit windy," Taeger said.

Similar conditions have helped fuel brush fires across the region this month, including blazes in Pacific Palisades, San Bernardino and the San Fernando Valley.

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