California declares emergency to cool down Los Angeles County

Welcome to another heat wave. Triple-digit temperatures on tap for Southern California – a once-in-a-century, wet, tropical summer – have some residents calling for the “Nancy Pelosi Act,” a bill introduced in Congress in July to address the effects of California’s scorching summer.

The measure would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from opening new loopholes in California’s air pollution controls, which have sharply reduced smog over the last 20 years. The proposed regulations would make it illegal for California to expand or update state pollution controls beyond those that already exist.

The heat continues to be a challenge for Los Angeles County, which is reporting its highest-ever temperature of 101 in the past two weeks.

L.A.’s current record high for July, set July 6, of 102, and highest single-day high, of 102, broke the old record of 101 set June 27 in 1972.

“The past month, we’ve seen record highs in several weather zones,” says Tom Sperry, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Air Services Division.

“In the past 72 hours, we have had the hottest day we’ve had going back to 1880.”

Sperry said it is unusual for an ocean breeze to be stronger than the prevailing wind.

“That’s why it’s called the ‘Southern California coast’s worst-kept secret,’” he said.

The heat is expected to extend into August, with temperatures in the Los Angeles basin reaching 105 to 106 degrees above normal on average, records show.

On Thursday, state officials said they will take steps to cool down at least some of L.A.’s most populous area with an emergency order issued by the governor’s office.

Under the order, the California Department of Health has declared a public health emergency and has restricted access to water, ice, and other supplies. The order also includes a closure of schools.

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