Record-Setting Warm Weather Continues in Southern California


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Warm weather and extreme humidity have been setting record-high temperatures throughout Southern California, and will continue to do so for the following weeks to come, according to the ocregister.

“Weak Santa Ana winds Tuesday night through Thursday could increase the wildfire risk in the mountains and valleys,” the National Weather Service warned, “while the immediate coast could get some low clouds or fog in the mornings and nights at the start and end of the workweek.”

Five different locations in Southern California have either set or shattered past records on February 4, and have been documented by ocregister:

  • Thermal in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County was 93 degrees (old record of 89 was set in 1950 and matched in 2001); this was the warmest location in the country Sunday

  • Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County was 89 degrees (old record of 88 was set in 1995)

  • Borrego in the San Diego County desert was 87 degrees (old record of 86 was set in 1942 and matched in 1991)

  • Sandberg in the High Desert of Los Angeles County was 82 (old record of 74 was set in 2015); this is also a record for any day in February (old record of 78 was set Feb. 13, 2015)

  • Palmdale Regional Airport in the High Desert of Los Angeles County was 77 degrees (old record of 76 was set in 2015)

  • Needles in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County was 84 degrees (ties record set in 1935)

  • Ramona in northern San Diego County was 84 degrees (ties record set in 1974 and matched in 2007)

  • Barstow-Daggett Airport in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County was 78 degrees (ties record set in 2006)

  • Lancaster in the High Desert of Los Angeles County was 76 degrees (ties record set in 2015)s

Throughout the beginning of the week, the coast is predicted to be experiencing temperatures between the high 60s and low 80s, according to the ocregister. Deeper inland the temperatures should be in the mid-70s to low 80s. After the arrival of the Santa Ana winds on Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures should dip back down Friday and Saturday, with the weekend predicted to be in the mid-60s and 70s.

The cause for this change is unclear, but rainfall is predicted to fall in parts of Orange County for the following weeks.