Hot, Hot, Hot

July 6, 2010 1:32:07 PM PDT
It was not unusual for the thermometer to reach 100 in the San Fernando Valley, where I grew up. The hot desert air of Southern California would feel stifling, or so we thought back then. Even as the summer sun rose, there'd be the familiar refrain: Gonna be a scorcher today.

But what they say here, back East, about the desert is true: It's a dry heat. And a dry heat is just so much easier to live with.

It's the thick, hard-to-breathe, wet heat that will do you in. And it's doing peeps in this week.

There's no way to sugar coat triple-digit temps. It's oppressive, and draining, and dangerous. A record set in Central Park today at 102. In Newark, the thermometer topped 103, with a "real feel" of several degrees hotter, after accounting for the humidity.

This was the hottest day in a decade.

Glad there's no global warming!

Power supplies are in question tonight, again. And the situation is not likely to improve, as this heat wave that's gripping the East Coast figures to continue. Meteorologist Jeff Smith, in for Lee Goldberg, is tracking the heat, and he'll have some answers, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, we're taking a closer look at interest rates not the borrowing type, but the kind that pay you for your money on deposit. With interest rates at near-record lows, it's not easy to get much for your money. But now, Consumer Reports finds some banks and credit unions that are paying pretty good sums for checking account balances. But there are some catches. Sade Baderinwa has our story tonight.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Rob Powers (in for Scott Clark) with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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