Temperatures reached triple digits in the San Fernando, San Gabriel, Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys again Wednesday amid a request to reduce energy consumption.

Woodland Hills was the hottest spot in Los Angeles County Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service, with the high reaching 110, a record for Aug. 19. The previous record was 109 set in 1992.

The 109-degree high at Palmdale tied the record for this date set in 1950. The high for this date was also tied at UCLA, where the temperature reached 90, matching the record set in 1990.

Other Los Angeles County highs included 109 in Lancaster, 108 in Acton and Chatsworth, 107 in Saugus, 106 in Northridge, 105 in Van Nuys, 102 in Pasadena and 100 in Burbank.

An excessive heat warning will be in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita, San Gabriel and Antelope valleys, as well as the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains.

In inland Orange County and the Santa Ana Mountains, the warning will be in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday, according to the weather service.

A less serious heat advisory will be in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday in the Los Angeles coastal zone — beach cities, metropolitan Los Angeles, downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills.

Hot, hazy conditions are forecast to continue through the end of the week with very warm overnight low temperatures and only slight cooling into the weekend, according to the weather service.

A flash flood warning was in effect for North Central Los Angeles County from 3:48-4:54 p.m. because of rain in the Antelope Valley. There was 0.08 of an inch of rain in Acton and 0.07 of an inch in Palmdale.

Several cooling centers were open across Los Angeles County for those without air conditioning, but their capacity was limited due to social distancing requirements amid the coronavirus pandemic. Their locations can be found at lacounty.gov/heat.

Information about cooling center in Los Angeles can be found by calling 311 or visiting laparks.org/emergency/cooling-center-activation.

The statewide Flex Alert was in effect again Wednesday, beginning an hour earlier at 2 p.m. in hopes of getting a jump on power-cutback efforts. It continued until 9 p.m., according to the California Independent System Operator, which manages the state’s power grid.

There were no rotating power outages, which the ISO credited to consumer conservation, imported energy and increased wind production.

The alert was originally scheduled for 3-10 p.m.

Residents were being asked to use air conditioning early in the day and set thermostats no lower than 78 in the afternoon and evening hours, while avoiding the use of major appliances during the Flex Alert hours.

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