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Temperatures highest in almost 30 years

Local concert series postponed due to the weather

Posted: August 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 10, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Temperatures this week have been the hottest in nearly 30 years in the Santa Clarita Valley, and an excessive heat warning was issued Thursday as more heat was due through the weekend.

While the National Weather Service does not keep official records in the Santa Clarita Valley, temperatures recorded by Newhall County Water District show the highest recorded temperature for Aug. 9 over the past 28 years was 106 degrees, set in 2006. The Newhall County Water District has recorded temperatures in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1984.

National Weather Service sensors recorded a high of 109 degrees at 1:56 p.m. Thursday in the Newhall Pass.

Temperatures of 105 degrees were recorded at the Newhall County Water District office Tuesday, beating the previous record for Aug. 7 of 104 degrees set in 1990. Wednesday was 105 degrees, beating the previous record for Aug. 8 of 104 degrees recorded in 2001.

More high temperatures are forecast through the weekend, which prompted county officials to postponed Sunday’s “Music in the Park” gospel event at William S. Hart Park. A new date hasn’t been set yet.

“I just don’t want to put anyone in jeopardy,” said Al Ewing, recreation services leader for William S. Hart Park. “We could not have anticipated this heat.”

Some Santa Clarita Valley residents were enjoying cooler temperatures at the Santa Clarita Public Library’s Valencia branch Thursday afternoon in an attempt to beat the heat.

“This is actually part of our summer routine,” said Tim Haddock of Saugus, who brought both his young sons to the library Thursday.

Haddock said he takes advantage of dollar movies on Tuesday in Canyon Country and visits the beach whenever possible to stay cool.

Others said they favored the same remedy.

“We plan to go to the beach today,” said Sue Empren of Valencia. “At least it’s going to be cool there.”

Highs today are expected to hit 107 degrees with lows tonight around 72. Temperatures will decline in subsequent days to 104 on Saturday, 102 on Sunday and 98 on Monday.


Cooling centers:

  • Santa Clarita Public Library, Valencia branch: 23743 W. Valencia Blvd.
  • Santa Clarita Public Library, Canyon Country branch: 18601 Soledad Canyon Road
  • Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center: 22900 Market St., Newhall


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