California Steaming: Heat Wave Goes On

Triple-digit temperatures blamed for death of 77-year-old
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2008 9:30 AM CDT
Wilfredo Aguilar wipes sweat from his forehead as he takes a break from painting a building under the hot sun on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, Thursday, June 19, 2008    (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
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(Newser) – Southern California is sweltering in a record-breaking heat wave that has killed at least one person, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 77-year-old woman died after wandering out of her car in 116-degree heat, and her husband is in critical condition. Forecasters warn the exceptionally high heat will continue through the weekend. As Californians cranked up the air-conditioning, energy use in Los Angeles was the highest ever recorded in June.