Hot Dodgers cold? Temperature plunges 40 degrees from last week 103

A tarp covering the diamond at Dodger Stadium. Photo courtesy of the L.A. Dodgers

Forget last week’s record World Series heat. Tuesday evening’s Game 6 will be played amid decidedly cooler temperatures.

One week ago Tuesday, the Dodgers won the first game of the World Series as temperatures soared to 103 in the hottest fall classic game in history.

But what a difference a week can make. With the Dodgers facing possible elimination against the Houston Astros, the intense heat wave that accompanied the series opener has given way to scattered drizzle, low temperatures and low, gray clouds covering most of Los Angeles.

As day broke Tuesday morning, Marina del Rey and other parts of the Southland experienced a light downpour, with temperatures hovering in the 60s. Some patchy rain could return after midnight, but it’s unlikely there will be any rain as the Dodgers and Astros square off just after 5 p.m.

That’s also good news for the trick-or-treat crowd, as kids and some adults hit the streets for Halloween. But it may be a bit brisk in the low 60s for scantily clad revelers at West Hollywood’s annual Halloween Carnaval.

Last Tuesday, the temperature was so extreme for the first game of the World Series that the Dodger Stadium scoreboard couldn’t show the triple digit temperature — the readout has room for only two digits.

According to a baseball historian, only four other World Series games have been played in temperatures hotter than 90 degrees. There was some speculation the intense heat helped batters hit a string of home runs during the two first games of the series played in Los Angeles.

But that’s all changed as midday temperatures in downtown Los Angeles adjacent to Dodger Stadium covered at about 66 degrees. Forecasters expect similar weather through much of the week, with low clouds, low temperatures and occasional light rain.

–City News Service