SoCal Heatwave: Thunderstorms, hail, and high temperatures batter and bake the region for the Labor Day holiday

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KABC) — It was a day of extreme weather in Southern California, from record heat to hail to windy thunderstorms.

In the midst of an ongoing heatwave that set at least one new temperature record, Southern Californians were shocked to see the skies open, rumbled and flashed on Sunday.

“It kind of came out of nowhere,” said Milo Wakefield, a Cal Arts student who was doing some back-to-school shopping when it suddenly started pouring.

First Wakefield heard thunder and saw lightning, and then wind-driven rain began to fall sideways.

“We were like, wow, what is this? We thought we were in California,” Wakefield said.

A resident was captured in Santa Clarita Dramatic video of wind and rain whipping around their garden and throwing furniture into the pool even as the temperature reached 104 degrees.

LATEST FORECAST: Prolonged heatwave expected to last through Wednesday

And in Long Beach, a temperature record of 109 degrees was set. The National Weather Service said the previous record for the date is 107, set in 1988.

“It’s so incredibly hot. It’s crazy,” said Amber Fortier of Long Beach, who was in the shade during a picnic in a park. “I’ve never seen Long Beach so hot.”

Temperature records for the date were also set or tied at Burbank (110 degrees), Oxnard (101), and Camarillo (106).

While Sunday was expected to be possibly the hottest day of this heatwave, high temperatures are now expected to last longer than previous forecasts had predicted.

An excessive heat warning is now in effect through Wednesday night.

And California’s power grid operators issued a Flex Alert for Monday, urging people to conserve electricity during the afternoon and evening hours, when usage is at its peak and outages are a possibility.

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Laura Coffey

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