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Another day of unusual heat bakes California

October 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Temperatures climbed into the triple digits Fahrenheit (above 38 degrees Celsius) in some parts of Southern California on Sunday, as swaths of the state baked in another day of unusually hot fall weather.

In Santa Clara, where the San Francisco 49ers were playing the Kansas City Chiefs, football fans had to contend with weather more suitable for surfing — temperatures hovering around 90 degrees F (32 degrees C).

At a time when the autumn foliage season has taken hold in New England and other northern states, the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles flirted with the 100-degree F (38-degree C) mark.

But there were signs the worst was over.

Dense fog blanketed the Orange County coast and parts of the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday morning, nudging down temperatures with it.

With an upper level high pressure system losing its strength “it should cool off through the week,” predicted National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sirard. “It looks like the high heat is ending.”

Downtown Los Angeles hit 95 degrees F (35 degrees C), Sirard said, several degrees down from Friday and Saturday.

The heat made it uncomfortable for thousands of bicyclists who came to downtown Los Angeles to take advantage of closed streets as part of a cycling celebration, but city fire department officials were unaware of any health-related problems from the hot weather.

Many of the thousands who crammed Golden Gate Park in San Francisco over the weekend for the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival chugged water and soaked their heads as they danced to banjos and fiddles.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power urged people to set thermostats at 78 degrees F (25.5 degrees C) to avoid overtaxing the power grid and bringing on outages.

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