Currently in Los Angeles — August 31st, 2022

The weather, currently.

Highs of 101°F in DTLA trigger a week-long Excessive Heat Warning

An excessive heat warning goes into effect on Wednesday, and right now it remains in place through Monday. That's too long without relief. While my weather reports focus more on downtown LA, near where I live, make sure to double-check your neighborhood to see if temperatures will be higher (most likely in the Valley,)  or lower (the coast,) than what I report on Currently.

Tomorrow’s high of 101°F peaks around 2:00 PM, so keep most of your activity to the morning and evening. I, a notorious sleepy head, will need to wake up very early to take my fluffy dog on morning walks, as these are dangerous temperatures for everyone. If you’re able to stay indoors with cooling systems, I’d say to hole up between 11 AM – 6 PM. Once it gets dark, temperatures will remain pretty warm, in the 80 range, and only hit a low of about 71°F late at night. It’s going to be a tough week.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

If you’ve never eaten a breadfruit, now is the perfect time!

According to reporting by Smithsonian magazine, the fruit could play a role in addressing global hunger as well as food security adaptation amid global warming and climate change.

Breadfruit is very versatile, as it can be dried and ground into flour –– its trees provide abundant shade for humans and wildlife alike, and it’s been used to treat various skin ailments. The perennial custard-y fruit is also very rich in nutrients and requires less labor, water and fertilizer than annual crops.

“I really think it has a lot of potential to help people, especially in the tropics, where 80 percent of the world’s hungry live,” Diane Ragone, founder of the Breadfruit Institute, told Smithsonian magazine in 2009. “It’s low-labor and low-input; much easier to grow than things like rice and corn. And because it’s a tree, the environmental benefits are huge compared to a field crop.”

Past research has found that yields of staple crops like corn, wheat and rice may decline due to climate change, particularly in areas close to the equator. The breadfruit, on the other hand, is more resilient to rising temperatures. In conjunction with other food security adaptations and solutions, this tropical fruit could make a real difference.

—Aarohi Sheth