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SoCal Heat Wave Even Strong Enough To Ground Planes

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Hot enough for ya?

That was the question of the day all around the Southland Saturday.

CBS2 Meteorologist Rich Fields says Sunday is even going to be hotter. Palm Springs hit 123 degrees Saturday.

Hotter? Sunday?

CBS2’s Rachel Kim went out in search of LA residents to find out how they were keeping cool.

Temperatures soared high enough Saturday to actually ground small aircraft.

LA County Fire said they had a huge increase in heat-related calls. They are asking people to limit their time outdoors during peak hours.

In Sherman Oaks, around 6 p.m. it was still a steamy 92 degrees.

The people Kim spoke to said it all.

“Unbearable,” said one.

“It’s really hot, and really annoying,” said another.

The Terraciano family were among those who tried desperately to remain hydrated. The family broke a sweat at the gym.

“We are kicking back in the Jacuzzi and then the swimming pool and here we are having our smoothie,” said dad Gustavo Terraciano.

Studio City Resident Alex Tokar also made sure he and his dog did not overheat.

“She’s a Shiba Inu,” says Tokar, “a Japanese breed and she ‘s not that great in the heat. I take her for a quick walk in the morning, before 8 a.m. and then she’s pretty much indoors the whole day.”

That’s pretty much how Melissa Gould stays cool, as well. “It’s AC in the car, and AC in the house.”

At some smaller airports, like Bermuda Dunes in Riverside County, scorching temperatures can pose a problem.

“When it’s 110, 115, the air is thinner and the thinner the air, the less lift the plane can get,” says David Shapiro of Desert West Aviation.

Kim said the heat did not cause any delays at LAX.

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