Fans and air conditioners were working overtime last weekend as record-breaking heat invaded Santa Barbara County. Several small wildfires broke out, and energy alerts were issued throughout the South Coast as humidity levels soared Saturday and Sunday. The combination of a nonexistent marine layer and tropical air from Hurricane Daniel – which was ravaging the waters off Mexico – helped temperatures rise well into the triple digits in many areas, including thermometer readings of 103 in Goleta, 100 in downtown Santa Barbara, 106 in Santa Ynez, 110 on Paradise Road, and an egg-boiling 114 in Paso Robles. As hot as it was, this week’s weather was a far cry from the “Great Simoon” of 1859, when an early afternoon heat burst on June 17 drove temperatures in Goleta from about 70 to a remarkable and deadly 133 degrees in a matter of hours.

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