Currently in Los Angeles — July 13 2022

The weather, currently.

An overcast morning, then trusted sunny skies

Today’s highs are going to barely crack 80°F, but that’s a signal of an even hotter week that waits for you. Enjoy the morning’s marine layer, which is doing its best to keep temperatures down. Wake up bright and early so you can do as much as you can before it burns away around 11, and be sure to thank it as it fades away because you might not get it again for a short while.

Once the sun emerges, you’re back to classic Los Angeles weather, with clear skies and a light, soothing breeze. Mid-summer’s got me thinking about corn, and I recommend tracking down your nearest elote vendor so you can munch on some sweet kernels before the sun sets. The evening will be pleasant, and lows will eventually hit about 62°F.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Last month was the hottest June in the Houston’s history.

The city saw temperatures of 103°F (39.4°C), breaking the previous daily high temperature record for July 11th, 1998 at Hobby Airport and tying the 1980 record at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Houstonians are under heat advisories and excessive heat warnings as temperatures reached 105°F Sunday — the hottest July day in Houston’s history. And, the state’s power grid operator, Electric Reliability Council of Texas, issued an appeal Monday asking residents to limit their use of electricity, as the heat drove up demand.

On Monday, a new, unofficial peak record of total power demand was set at 78.3 gigawatts, surpassing the previous record of 78.2 on July 8th, 2022. There is the possibility of rolling blackouts for the next few days as well.

While this heat wave is extreme, Houston and the upper Texas coast are expected to move out of the blistering, triple-digit temperatures after Tuesday. But, the heat isn’t disappearing any time soon.

—Aarohi Sheth