Monday marked the eighth-straight day in a heat wave that just keeps going, bringing temperatures above 100 degrees to some areas of California.
"It's not unusual for it to occasionally get above 100 out in the valleys" around L.A., AccuWeather meteorologist Ken Clark said. What makes this weather unusual is "how long and persistent the heat has been. When you start getting departures 4, 5, 6 degrees above normal, that is significant in the summertime. [It's the] persistent nature of the heat that's affecting people. The gripe level is up to the rooftops right now with people griping about how hot it is."
Monsoonal flow, moisture coming from the eastern Pacific, has kept the humidity values higher than normal for California. Higher humidity has kept the fire danger down somewhat for the state; however, Clark said that "fire danger is still high because everything is dry."
Clark says that the heat wave will continue for at least a few more days across California.
Pictures from the heat wave:
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