Sunday's heat wave broke all-time high temperature records in some areas.

But even if frying temperatures didn't set all records, the conditions were unbearable for many, marking the hottest conditions in years.

The National Weather Service described Sunday as "one of the hottest days since official weather records began in much of southwestern California." Officials found that the heat peaked in the afternoon, but the overnight cooling was minimal.

Woodland Hills made national headlines with a 121-degree reading, marking the hottest temperature ever recorded at an official National Weather Service station in Los Angeles County.

Other places to hit all-time highs:

  • Escondido 115 degrees
  • Paso robles 117
  • Wilderness 104
  • Chinos 121
  • Van Nuys Airport 118
  • San Luis Obispo Airport 117

Dozens of other locations hit new highs that day:

Los Angeles County

  • Stunt ranch 122 degrees
  • Winnetka 122
  • Northridge 120
  • Chatsworth 119
  • Topanga 118
  • Beverly Hills (Highlands) 118
  • West hills 118
  • Porter ranch 117
  • Duarte 117
  • Malibu Canyon 117
  • Agoura hills 116
  • Santa fe dam 116
  • Malibu Lake 115
  • Suction 115
  • San Rafael Hills 115
  • Santa clarita 115
  • Pasadena 114
  • La crescenta 114
  • Sierra madre 114
  • Rancho palos verdes 113
  • Strauss Canyon 113

Ventura County

  • Fillmore (tail) 120 degrees
  • Oak view 120
  • Thousand Oaks Civic Center 119
  • Fillmore Fish Hatchery 118
  • Ojai 118
  • Harmon 118
  • Cheeseboro 117
  • Piru 117
  • Westlake village 116
  • East Simi Valley 116
  • Aliso Canyon 115
  • Casitas 115
  • Santa paula 113
  • Ozena 111
  • Moor park 111
  • Newbury park 110

Santa Barbara County

  • Solvang 122 degrees
  • Los prietos 119
  • Santa Ynez Airport 117
  • Refugio Hills 115
  • San Marcos Pass 115
  • Gaviota Pass 114
  • Mission creek 113
  • Carpinteria Hills 112
  • Santa Barbara Botanical Garden 112
  • West cuyama 111
  • Montecito hills 111
  • Lompoc Hills 110
  • Gaviota beach 109
  • Santa barbara city 102

San Luis Obispo County

  • Arroyo Grande 117 degrees
  • Atascadero 115
  • Santa Margarita Booster 114
  • Las Tablas 114
  • Hearst Castle 109
  • La Panza 108
  • Branch 105
  • Davis Peak 104

Orange County

  • Anaheim 105 degrees
  • Santa ana 110

Riverside County

  • Palm Springs 120 degrees
  • Riverside 117
  • Indio 116

Sunday was even hotter than Saturday in many areas, when more records were broken.

In Woodland Hills, mercury rose to 117 degrees at 3 p.m., making it the hottest September day ever recorded there. This broke the record of 115 in 1979. Burbank hit 113, setting its 1971 monthly record. Van Nuys reached 115 According to official figures, at least three areas reached or exceeded record heights on Saturday: Alpine (113), El Cajon (114) and Idyllwild (103). The weather service said Burbank set a record of 114 degrees.

Climatologist Bill Patzert said Saturday the September heat waves are not new. But the extreme heat – and the duration of the heat waves – is new. Over the past century, the average temperature in Los Angeles has risen about 5 degrees throughout the year, Patzert said.

But the average temperature for August and September rose 8 to 9 degrees, he said.

Although one to two day heat waves were the norm by the middle of the century, "we are now seeing week-long heat waves," he said.

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