(ETH)- Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, has just experienced the hottest temperature ever recorded in Los Angeles County with temperatures reaching a staggering 121 degrees — fueling multiple wildfires, triggering waves of power outages, and pushing people for beaches and parks during the long Labor Day weekend.
These scorching temperatures impacted all communities throughout Southern California, including Van Nuys, Calabasas, Pasadena, Santa Clarita, Downey, and Burbank. Even typical cooler coastal communities as Torrance and Long Beach saw highs that simmered deep into the 90s.
Downtown L.A. hit 111 degrees, two degrees short of 2010’s all-time record. The record heat has forced air conditioners to work overtime and has worried California’s electric grid operators that they may have to shut off power for millions if consumers didn’t ease up on their power usage. Malibu Search and Rescue reportedly responded to several heat-related rescues. prompting officials to warn residents not to go hiking during the heatwave.