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Record Breaking Heat Wave Passes Burbank and Southern California

Southern California was hit by another record-breaking heatwave this past Labor Day weekend.  Temperatures in Burbank were recorded as high as 117.8 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, setting the City record.  Temperatures in Woodland Hills reached 121 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday, setting the record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Los Angeles County.

Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The City of Burbank took the precautions of closing all of its hiking trails from September 5th through Labor Day, as well as closing the weekly farmers market early due to the excessive heat. Los Angeles County has opened Emergency Cooling Centers, including one in Burbank at the Buena Vista Library Meeting Room, which was open from September 4th to September 7th.

The Burbank Fire Department responded to multiple hiker rescues, false fire alarms triggered by excessive heat, as well as multiple reports of smoke or fire from the hillsides, due to the large plumes of smoke from nearby fires.

 Multiple wildfires have been sparked in the Los Angeles area, resulting in poor visibility and air quality.

Temperature measurement was taken near Burbank and on San Fernando at 12:30 pm shows a reading of 117.8 degrees Fahrenheit. Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

Burbank Fire sent Fire Engine 15 as part of an Area C Strike Team to assist in the firefight of the Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest North of the City of Monrovia. Over 2 million acres have been burned this year across California, which already sets the record for the most acres burned annually in California, and our winds haven’t even begun.

This heatwave is expected to be hotter and more widespread than the previous heatwave two weeks ago according to the United States Forest Service. There is also increasing confidence by the Forest Service that our first Santa Ana Wind event of the year will impact portions of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag warning due to gusty winds, low humidity, and extreme heat, which will be in effect until September 9th at 8 pm. 



Coping With Burbank’s Latest Heat Wave

The last week of August is proved to be a hot one, with temperatures reaching into the triple digits. Many of Burbank’s residents are feeling the heat throughout the day, as evidenced by an relatively empty town center in the afternoon.

Photo by Kelsie Hernandez

With the temperature hike, it’s important to know key information to ensure you and your pets stay healthy.

Find Your Nearest Cooling Center

Cooling centers are available around Burbank for anyone stuck in the heat. The most popular place to escape the heat is the Burbank Town Center. While it is undergoing a makeover, there is an open and operating food court located at the bottom floor of the mall. If you’re looking for a longer term solution, AMC 8, also located in the mall, now serves as a dine-in theater.

You can also visit Burbank’s official cooling centers located at each of the city’s libraries:

Buena Vista Library
300 N. Buena Vista St 91505
(818) 238‐5620

Central Library
110 N. Glenoaks Blvd 91502
(818) 238‐5600

Northwest Branch Library
3323 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Keep in mind that these libraries MAY have extended hours. To find out more information regarding extended hours, please call your nearest library.

According to the Red Cross, here are some useful tips when going through a heat wave:

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

You can find more information about heat-related illnesses on their website.

Lastly, Burbank residents can expect temperatures to drop starting Sunday, September 3. Stay safe out there!

Burbank Extends Cooling Center Hours at Buena Vista Library

The City of Burbank is extending the hours of operation at one of its designated cooling centers to provide relief from the heat wave that is now forecast to last through the weekend.

One way to beat the heat is to find a neighborhood lemonade stand like this one on Fairmount Road. Pictured is (L to R) Sierra Brogmus (8), Raquel Brogmus (6) and Lily Sanchez (6) as they serve up some delicious homemade lemonade (Photo By Craig Sherwood)

The City has already encouraged residents to seek relief from the heat by visiting either the Buena Vista Library at 300 N. Buena Vista Street or the Burbank Central Library at 110 N. Glenoaks Boulevard. The Northwest Branch Library on W. Victory Boulevard remains closed for seismic retrofitting until Spring 2013.

Now that the extreme high temperatures are expected to continue through Sunday, the City is  extending the hours of operation at Buena Vista Library, which is centrally located and offers the
most efficient cooling system. The Central Library hours will remain the same.

The designated cooling centers will now be open during the following hours:
Buena Vista Library
Mon-Thurs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Burbank Central Library
Mon-Thurs   9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday Closed
Buena Vista Library will resume normal operating hours on Monday.

Movie theaters and indoor shopping malls also offer a cool respite from the extreme heat. For those interested in using Burbank’s McCambridge Pool, click on the link for pool hours.

For more information on summertime safety and precautions in the extreme heat, visit
www.burbankusa.com and/or Hot Topics.

Burbank to Open Cooling Centers During Current Heat Wave

With high temperatures expected through Thursday, July 12, the City of Burbank is establishing two designated cooling centers.

Residents are encouraged to seek relief from the heat by visiting either the Buena Vista Library at 300 N. Buena Vista Street or the Burbank Central Library at 110 N. Glenoaks Boulevard.

The designated cooling centers will be open during the following hours through Thursday:

Buena Vista Library
10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Burbank Central Library
9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information on summertime safety and precautions in the extreme heat, visit  www.burbankusa.com and/or Hot Topics.

Buena Vista Library
Burbank Central Library