A high-pressure system coupled with Santa Ana winds sent temperatures spiking upward Monday, tying or toppling heat records for the date across the region.
Downtown Los Angeles broke a 128-year-old record by reaching a 95 degrees, topping the record for the date of 94 set in 1890, according to the National Weather Service.
Long Beach reached 96 degrees, breaking the record of 91 set in 1968. Burbank reached a high of 94, beating the 2014 record of 91 degrees, while UCLA’s temperature of 93 degrees beat the 1968 record of 87.
As the day wore on, gusting winds became less of an issue — a stark change from the overnight hours when strong winds were reported across the area. According to the NWS, between 7 p.m. Sunday through early Monday, gusts reached 60 mph in the San Gabriel Mountains, 39 mph in the Santa Monica mountains, 38 mph in the Antelope Valley, 37 mph in the San Fernando Valley, 36 mph in the Santa Clarita Valley and 25 mph in Beverly Hills.
Forecasters said it will still be warm Tuesday, but highs were expected to be 10 to 15 degrees cooler in coastal areas and 4 to 6 degrees lower in the valleys. The cooling trend is expected to continue through Thursday.
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