LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In some parts of America, it's parkas and pumpkins. In Southern California, it's scorching sidewalks, tinder-dry hillsides and possibly the hottest start to the World Series ever recorded.
A day after temperatures topped 100 degrees all over the region, forecasts called for Tuesday to be even hotter. Highs were predicted to reach 95 to 105 degrees in many areas, even those within a few miles of the ocean.
The National Weather Service warned of dangerous heat coupled with hot, gusty Santa Ana winds that could reach 60 mph at times and will make for extreme fire danger.
It's the kind of forecast that gives firefighters nightmares. Just a few weeks ago, high winds contributed to blazes farther north that devastated the state's famed wine country, killing 42 people and destroying 8,400 buildings.