Record heat hits Southern California

AP Wire Service

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) – This seaside Southern California city simmered Sunday in summerlike heat, breaking a temperature record set in 1931, according to the National Weather Service.

The 92-degree temperature in the Ventura County city beat the 77-degree springtime high in 1931. Simi Valley had 87 degrees, one degree hotter than the 1966 record. Also in Ventura County, Ventura hit 85 degrees, besting the 1987 record by six degrees, the weather service said.

Farther north, the Santa Barbara Airport recorded 81 degrees, a degree hotter than in 1944. San Luis Obispo tied its 1971 record of 84 degrees, and Lompoc’s 86 degrees beat its 80 degrees in 1987.

Meantime, in Los Angeles County, the University of Southern California just south of downtown Los Angeles, tied its 1934 record of 89 degrees. Long Beach had 87 degrees, two degrees hotter than in 1945. The Los Angeles International Airport had 88 degrees, beating the 1945 record by three degrees, while Torrance saw 86 degrees, which was much hotter than the 78 degrees met in 1987.