My car thermometer registered 116 degrees at about 2:30 p.m. while on the 405 freeway at Wilshire, near Westwood. I don't actually think my gauge is accurate to the degree, but it's still the highest I've ever seen it. It read 100 at the same spot at 9:30 this morning. The official reading of 113 is the highest recorded in downtown Los Angeles since they began keeping track in 1877. From Associated Press:
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, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist at the National Weather Service office in Oxnard. Temperature records for downtown date to 1877.
Electrical demand was much higher than normal for this time of year but no problems or shortages were expected on the state grid, said Gregg Fishman, spokesman for the California Independent System Operator, which controls about 80 percent of the grid.
"It's manageable. We've got the resources available," he said.
Crowds at the beaches are higher than a usual Monday after schools have started, of course. "It appears a lot of people aren't going to work or school," said Los Angeles County lifeguard Capt. Angus Alexander. The LAUSD has cancelled all games and outdoor activities.