Although forecasters predicted another day of scorching heat in Los Angeles for Tuesday, they said the high temperatures will be heading downward soon.
On Monday, the temperature soared to a blistering 113 degrees, the highest in the large and sprawling metropolis since record-keeping began in 1877.
"Like a ray of sun falling me, it burns, how it burns," parking lot attendant Jorge Marin sang in Spanish.
The hot Monday also saw a record-breaking demand for electricity. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power recorded a peak demand of 6,177 megawatts, breaking the 2006 record of 6,177 megawatts.
The high temperatures come during the peak of fire season, and firefighters are gearing up to battle any resulting blazes. Red flag warnings for potential fire danger have been issued for the mountains of Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
"This time of year, we usually get the Santa Ana wind conditions, and so we'll pre-stage resources anticipating, hopefully not happening, but anticipating a wild land fire, and it gets the resources that much quicker to the fire," Los Angeles County Fire Department Batt. Chief Dave Stone told Los Angeles' television station KABC.
"If we can attack it and hit it with as much as we can and keep it small, there's less chance of a big fire," Stone added.
According to The National Weather Service, the dry heat was the result of a ridge of high pressure over the West that was keeping the Pacific Ocean's normal cooling influence at bay.
A slight eastward shift eastward of the high-pressure system and a slow return of a breeze from the ocean will lead to a gradual reduction in heat this week, AOL News reported.
"Usually there's more of a sea breeze that moderates coastal (areas) and downtown," said NWS meteorologist Eric Boldt.