No Breeze, An Intense Sun And Hot Sand Make Places Like Hermosa Beach Hot This Weekend
When it gets hot in Los Angeles, the natural reaction is to get to the beaches, where it’s often 10-20 degrees cooler than downtown, Hollywood, the valleys other inland locations.
But during this current LA heatwave, not even the beaches are providing much of a relief from the heat.
It’s 85 degrees in Santa Monica this weekend, and will reach 82 in Hermosa Beach on Sunday. But it’s more than the temperatures that have people at the beach baking; it’s the conditions.
There are no clouds to block the sun so it’s beating down on people and often making sitting outside like sitting inside an oven. Even a visitor from Las Vegas, who arrived from where it was a scorching 114 degrees on Friday, commented while sitting outside in Hermosa Beach that “this sun is intense.”
The sand, too, is hot. Walking on it in bare feet is akin to having sharp needles poking at you. People are either wearing “sand socks” or not taking off their flip-flops.
There is also little to no breeze, so there’s no natural cooling element, something that under normal conditions provides a comfortable cushion from the heat.
On top of this, there’s no air conditioning. Houses at the beach don’t have it because they rarely need it and some businesses – restaurants, bars and shops – might only have a fan.
So there are few places to actually escape the heat at the beaches.
Except in the water, of course, where the ocean temperature is in the low-70s.
The biggest way to beat the heat is to ride it out – temperatures in Santa Monica are to drop into the high 70s by the middle of the week and in Hermosa is will dip to 73 Tuesday thru Friday. But then another heat wave is coming to Los Angeles and the beaches next weekend.