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LOS ANGELES (AP) — California’s blistering fall heat wave sent temperatures to an all-time record high of 113 degrees Monday in downtown Los Angeles.

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The National Weather Service says downtown hit 113 degrees for a few minutes at about 12:15 p.m., breaking the old all-time record of 112 degrees set on June 26, 1990.

The historic mark was part of an onslaught of temperatures well over 100 degrees in many cities ranging from Anaheim, home of Disneyland, to San Luis Obispo on the usually balmy Central Coast.

Electrical demand was much higher than normal for this time of year but no problems or shortages were expected on the state grid.

Los Angeles County lifeguard Capt. Angus Alexander said Monday was one of the best beach days of the year, with clear visibility all the way to Santa Catalina Island, the popular tourist destination about 20 miles off the mainland coast.

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