Right out of the box Monday morning, Los Angeles was on track for a record-setting day.
A flow of air from the deserts set the stage for the Los Angeles' hottest day ever recorded in the downtown area Monday.
According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "The City of Angels had their hottest day in 20 years on Sunday with a high of 105 degrees."
Sunday was the hottest day downtown since the mercury climbed to 107 degrees on Oct. 10, 1991.
"The temperature Monday morning was running an amazing 15 degrees higher than Sunday at the same time," Clark stated as of 8:00 a.m. PDT.
At 11:00 a.m. PDT, downtown Los Angeles had eclipsed the old record of 106 degrees set in 1963 for the date and had matched the 107 degree-mark set in 1991.
The all-time record high of 112 degrees set on June 26, 1990, at the Civic Center was topped at 12:15 p.m. PDT Monday as the temperature reached 113 degrees.
The temperature was still climbing during the first part of the afternoon in the downtown area.
Records for the downtown area date back more than 80 years.
Los Angeles is not the only city along the Pacific coast experiencing extreme heat.
Temperatures of 10 to 20 degrees above average were being felt as far north as Portland, Ore., and as far south as San Diego.
Temperatures in San Francisco Bay Area were projected to peak near 90 Monday and the 80s on Tuesday.
The unusual warmth will continue through the week in most areas. The question is: How warm will it be?
The extreme nature of the warmth along the coast should back off as the week progresses with a marine influence anticipated.
However, if an offshore eddy fails to form as expected, the blast furnace would continue along the coast through the week.
Regardless, areas over the Inland Empire to the deserts would continue to broil away.
The extreme heat and lack of precipitation will raise the risk of wildfires.
Meteorologist Mark Mancuso stated, "Limited moisture attempting to spill northward from Mexico may only bring dry thunderstorms into the mix."
Lightning strikes generated by these storms or a careless match could trigger the wildfires.
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