Currently in Los Angeles — September 13th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A welcomed overcast morning, then sunny

It may be humid, but I feel like we’ve more or less settled back into regular Los Angeles weather. We’re feeling the remnants of tropical storm Kay, which was deadly in Mexico, and brought a year’s worth of rain to the San Diego area. This was the first tropical storm to brush Southern California in about 50 years, and of all the climate disasters I thought would come here, I honestly hadn’t considered that we could become hurricane territory. More and more, I think the only safe place in North America are the Northern Plains and Great Lakes (though, of course, they’re not without their own climate emergencies!)

Tuesday should be nice, especially compared to what we’ve had recently. We’ll get a cloudy, marine layer morning, then sunny skies with highs near 81°F. Winds should be losing their power, so reopen those windows and let their breeze cool your home. Lows will drop to about 63°F as more fog rolls in after 11 PM.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Wildfires are raging across the west coast from California to British Columbia, as summers continue to grow hotter and drier. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 93 active and large wildland fires have scorched almost 728,000 acres, the majority of them in northwestern states.

There are 11 major wildfires burning across California, including the Mosquito and Fairview fires, amid record rainfall and extreme heat. The Mosquito Fire has consumed over 41,000 acres and is 10 percent contained, while the Fairview Fire has consumed over 28,000 acres and is 53 percent contained. The remnants of Tropical Storm Kay helped firefighters ease the flames and deep-seated heat with its moisture and scattered showers.

However, both fires have destroyed homes and choked the air with thick smoke and pollution. Wildfires in Canada and the United States also led to dangerous air quality levels in British Columbia. By Tuesday, the smoke is supposed to start clearing near the coast and then inland.

To learn more, read the full story here on our website: Wildfires rage across the West Coast from California to British Columbia.

For information on wildfire safety, read our explainer here.

—Aarohi Sheth

What you can do, currently.

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