LOS ANGELES, CA – Southern California experienced a arrange of bizarre weather patterns this week from an intense heat wave to monsoon rains, leading to power outages, cutting off of power lines, wildfires and beach closures. The heat wave started on August 27 and will continue on past the Labor Day weekend.
On Saturday, the high temperatures reached the 80s at the beaches, 93 to 101 inland and up to 108 in the valleys. According to the National Weather Service, the high temperatures are caused by a strong high pressure and weak onshore flow. However, hot weather isn’t the only problem Californians had to deal with this past week.
On Thursday evening, lightning storms affected Los Angeles County, including Hollywood, Santa Monica, Santa Clarita and Westwood. Although UCLA students were happy to observe the rains after a week of blistering hot weather, other parts of Los Angeles were not as lucky. An electrical storm was reported in the Santa Monica area which caused the beaches to get shut down.
The torrential rains also caused power outages in Griffith Park, Los Feliz, Metro, San Fernando Valley and Hollywood Hills. Meanwhile, a lightning strike caused the northbound 5 Freeway near Castaic to get shut down because of a brush fire along the freeway. From Friday to Sunday, the La Tuna fire near Burbank burned about 6,000 acres of land, destroying homes and hilly neighborhoods. It has been named the largest wildfire in the city’s history.
The smoke and flames from the fire also caused the temporary closure of nearby Interstate 210. After all the weird weather that Los Angeles has seen in the past week, I think it’s safe to say that the weather here is truly unpredictable. Till then, let’s hope the heat wave ends soon and fall can officially begin.