Currently in Los Angeles — July 11th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Bright, unfiltered sunshine all day

I’m not really a big 7-Eleven fan (unless it’s in Japan,) but I always equate this day with their free Slurpee promotion. July Eleventh? 7/11? Get it? Since today’s going to be sunny and warm, with barely a cloud in the sky — not even gloom to spoil your morning! — I think it’s the perfect day to get your crew together and grab some of those mysterious frozen drinks. When the highs hit about 84° you’ll be craving that iced Fanta, or maybe you’ll want to wait until the evening, when it’ll be dark and foggy, to savor the reward. Lows will drop to the low 60’s tonight. I’d make sure to add Flamin’ Hot Cheetos to my order so I can heat back up.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

In the latest Currently Explainer, Currently’s managing editor, Zaria Howell, spoke with some of our meterologists regarding how to survive extreme heat and wildfires. As the summer stretches on, it’s important to be aware of the many ways you and your community can prepare for severe weather events.

First, it’s important to assess your home’s susceptibility to wildfires using the government’s Fire and Smoke Map. It also helps to have a plan in place. Check your home’s smoke detectors to ensure that they’re working properly and make sure that you know where all your home’s exits are. If you find yourself in a fire, stay low to the ground. And, in the aftermath of any fire or extreme heat, continue to seek out ways that you can increase your community’s resilience.

Read the full Explainer on our website: Currently Explains: Heat And Wildfire Safety.