Welcome to another heat wave. Triple-digit temperatures on tap for Southern California this week, with record high temperatures only getting higher.
In Orange County, the temperature reached 92 degrees at noon Tuesday — the hottest day in a decade, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“We’ve reached a point where we just have no choice,” said Bob Pizzuto, chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
No sooner had Pizzuto uttered those words than the temperature inside Mission Viejo’s Mission City Hall was 92 degrees.
“The building’s all empty except for a few staff members from NOAA and some employees at the weather station out in the desert that keeps taking dust and pollen and everything else,” said Pizzuto. “All we can do is keep trying to air condition the building and hope it doesn’t get too hot.”
In Riverside County, the temperature reached 92 degrees at 9:23 a.m.
“I saw that it was 92 just as I got in my car,” said Bill Kuebler of the Riverside County Fire District No. 2. “Nobody knew it was 92. You don’t expect it to be that hot.”
In Thousand Oaks, the temperature reached 90 degrees at 9:47 a.m. — the hottest day in a decade, according to the National Weather Service.
“The temperature was at 90,” said Jason Pomerantz, the event coordinator. “It was the hottest I’d seen it in years. This was a huge crowd.”
In all, Southern California is expected to see a record high temperature of 83 degrees on Wednesday.
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