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Study: Southern California could see record scorchers

Posted: June 21, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Updated: June 21, 2012 3:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new study says Southern California is heating up and could see a record number of scorching days by mid-century.

UCLA's climate study, released Thursday, says the region probably will be warmer by 3 to 5 degrees in the years 2041 to 2060 but different areas will see different impacts.

The number of days where the temperature tops 95 degrees could triple in downtown Los Angeles and jump five-fold in the deserts.

UCLA researchers say the computer modeling examines neighborhoods and is 2,500 times more precise than previous regional climate models. However, they acknowledge a lot of uncertainty remains and the temperature rise could be far less or greater.

Either way, forecasters say climate change will seriously impact Southern California and governments must begin thinking now about meeting that challenge.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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