Photos: Hot August days ... and nights ... in sun-sizzled Southern California

A helicopter flies across the hazy atmosphere of the Los Angeles Basin
A helicopter flies across the hazy skyline of the Los Angeles Basin.
(Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

The heat is on.

Yes, it’s summer and we shouldn’t be surprised by high temperatures in the Southland, but dang.

The California Independent System Operator has issued a statewide Flex Alert for Wednesday. The call for voluntary electricity conservation will be in effect from 4 to 9 p.m.

A setting sung glows beyond power towers.
Sunset the evening before a statewide Flex Alert.
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The sun sets on Bolsa Chica State Beach after another hot day in the Southland.
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Nate Dozier exercises under a toasting sun in Long Beach.
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Pedestrians wearing summer clothes are mirrored in a building panel.
Pedestrians are reflected in a mirrored panel outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

People are reflected on a red surface.
Red is the color of a hot day as visitors to the Museum of Contemporary Art are reflected in Larry Bell’s translucent public art piece “Bill and Coo at MOCA’s Nest.”
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
A beachgoer purchases refreshments from a food truck at Junipero Beach in Long Beach
It’s time for ice cream at Junipero Beach in Long Beach.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Kids climb a fiberglass whale.

Watery activities at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach.
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A youngster runs among fountain jets.

Splish-splash. King Smith races through a splash pad at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.
(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)
A bike rider is silhouetted by the sun and an orange sky.
The glowing backdrop to a Long Beach bike path.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)