LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The warmest spot in Los Angeles hit triple digits for the first time this year on Thursday, more than a month earlier than it usually does, according to the National Weather Service.
Woodland Hills clocked in Thursday at 100 degrees, a temperature it typically reaches on June 9.READ MORE: Pine Fire Near Palmdale Scorches 442 Acres, 79% Contained
“I’m actually 17 weeks pregnant, so it’s even worse,” Daniella Arbizu, an Oxnard resident visiting the valley, said. “We’re from Ventura County, so we’re not used to being this hot.”
However, the National Weather Service says this year is not the first time Woodland Hills hit triple digits in the spring – the earliest the San Fernando Valley hot spot reached 100 was on April 3, 1961.
Interesting Tidbit: Woodland Hills reached 100 degrees for the first time this year. On average, the first 100 degree day occurs on June 9 (however some years during the period of record did not hit 100). The earliest on record occured on April 3, 1961. #CAwx #LAheat
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) April 29, 2021READ MORE: $25 Million Challenge Grant Made For Wildlife Crossing In Agoura Hills
Woodland Hills was forecast to hit 99 degrees, but managed to set a new record Friday, reaching 101 degrees. Palm Springs also set a new record, topping out at 109 degrees, with Lancaster hitting 95 degrees and beating the record f 93 degrees set in 1945.
Back in Woodland Hills, the local Jamba Juice was the place to be with workers slinging cold smoothies to throngs of people looking to cool down.
“They all want to get their drinks,” Aryana Tazvani said. “Lots of waters being sold.”
The spring heat may cause Southern Californians to flee to the coasts, but a beach hazard statement is in effect until Sunday evening. Forecasters say south-facing beaches could see elevated surf of up to 6 feet and dangerous rip currents.MORE NEWS: Pedestrian Struck and Killed In Compton
However, don’t call this hot spell a heat wave, which is considered five consecutive days of temperatures at least five degrees above normal, according to CBSLA’s Amber Lee, who said temperatures are forecast to cool down just in time for the weekend.