Woodland Hills soars to a record 115 degrees on a day of searing Southern California heat; more records likely to fall
With searing heat scorching Southern California on Friday, Woodland Hills hit a record-high 115 degrees, the National Weather Service said, topping the previously recorded high temperature for this date of 106.
That is a 9 percent increase over the previous record, set in 1976.
Other record highs were expected to be announced this afternoon.
The heat in Woodland Hills was no match for many air conditioners there, said Brittany Holley, who schedules calls for technicians at LA Construction Heating and Air Conditioning in that area.
Business was brisk Friday, she said. They are hearing from a mixture of regular customers seeking tune-ups to their system and others hastily calling because hot air – not cold — is blowing from their vents.
“We get people panicking,” Holley said. “They’re scared. They have families, and they’re worried that their families are going to have to sit in unconditioned houses. It’s a danger.”
Holley said customers would do well to get their units serviced regularly so they don’t have to call when the temperature soars.
“If you’re not prepared for summer, then you are stuck in a bad place,” she said.
Holley is trying not to overschedule their technicians because many of the units are on rooftops in the sun.