Currently in Los Angeles— April 7th, 2022

Day two of the heat wave is even more brutal

The weather, currently.

The heat gets even more intense today, so brace yourself. On the second day of our heat wave, highs reach about 98°F in downtown LA, with temperatures closer to 101°F in the Valley. If you live near Van Nuys, I suggest visiting the mall, a movie theater, or the dentist to get blasted with cold air conditioning. I wanted to suggest going to one of LA’s 30 county swimming pools, but most don’t open to the public until May. Climate change is shifting our summer seasons. Eventually, pools will need to operate year-round. Though lows are in the mid-60’s, you likely won’t experience them, since they hit in the middle of the night. Instead, expect the evening to continue to be hot, like a summer’s day. Around 7pm, temperatures will still be around 80°F, and by 10pm they’ll slide into the mid-70’s.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Today, we’re embarking on a new phase of the effort to rapidly scale up climate action. We’re launching the next chapter of Currently, a weather service — and news hub — for the climate emergency.

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