Currently in Los Angeles — July 19th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Hot, sunny, and clear today

While heat waves have been tormenting other parts of the country, today’s high of about 87°F in downtown Los Angeles is par for the course. Though still hot, you should be able to wait out the heat by cranking up the a/c, or if you don’t have it (like me,) you can keep cool in one of our many museums. Maybe you’ll decide to visit the Getty Research Institute to read some of Claes Oldenburg’s old journals — the beloved maximalist artist passed away today, and the archives belonging to him and his late partner in art and life, Coosje van Bruggen, are housed at the Getty. After you study this pair until closing, you’ll step outside into into a cool, clear, night. Lows will eventually plunge into the 60’s.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Heat-related deaths could triple by 2050 if there continues to be inadequate government action on overheating in UK homes, according to reporting by BBC.

Over 4.6 million homes in England experience overheating, according to a recent survey conducted in the summertime. Overheating was even more common in public housing areas, and households with people of low incomes or aged over the state pension age.

But, there were no regulations addressing overheating in new buildings until June this year.

“We’ve seen buildings designed that don’t cope well with the increased temperatures we now experience in summer,” James Prestwich of the Chartered Institute of Housing told BBC. “What we’ve seen is buildings that have been built with a lot of glass and not necessarily the best flow of air through corridors.”

As climate change continues to create more severe and frequent heat waves, the UK hit record temperatures as the first ever red heat warning comes into effect. Temperatures are expected to continue to climb up to 41°C (105.8°F) over the next two days.

—Aarohi Sheth