LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 — A searing heat wave that has sent temperatures to record highs in Southern California continues to keep people indoors and may be responsible for at least two deaths, including that of a film editor on Quentin Tarantino movies.
Tuesday's high of 99 in Los Angeles was 7 degrees below the record for the day but it was still 17 degrees above normal. The temperature reached a record-high 113 (46 Celsius) on Monday.
No heat-related deaths were confirmed but the Los Angeles County coroner's office was looking at two possible cases.
Authorities said heat was suspected in the death of film editor Sally JoAnne Menke, who had gone hiking in Griffith Park. Hyperthermia was also suspected in the death of Arquimedes Mestre, 57, whose body was found on a street in Pomona.
Menke, 56, had edited all of Tarantino's popular movies, including the 1994 crime film "Pulp Fiction." Menke, who was nominated for Academy Awards for her work on "Pulp Fiction" and 2009's "Inglourious Basterds," was believed to have succumbed to the record heat when her body was found early Tuesday.
The sizzling temperatures took a toll on the region's electrical infrastructure as people ran their air conditioners nonstop.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Monday recorded its highest-ever demand for electricity, causing transformers to blow up or burn out and leaving thousands of people without power.
The department said more than 11,000 customers remained without electricity Tuesday in the city, while Southern California Edison was working to repair heat-related outages for more than 18,000 customers.
Southern California Edison said the peak electrical demand Tuesday was 19,955 megawatts, the highest it has recorded since Aug. 31, 2007, when a record high of 23,303 megawatts was reached.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Unified School District canceled all outdoor activities Monday. District officials said they would continue to monitor the weather and take additional steps if necessary.
One school school moved cheerleading practice from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning because of the unrelenting heat.
Tourists, many caught by surprise by the high temperatures, carried not only cameras Tuesday but also bottles of water and — usually a rare sight in Southern California — umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun. (PNA/Xinhua) LOR/utb