The Southland will experience above-normal temperatures Friday and over the weekend, in part as a result of Santa Ana winds that do not usually appear at this time of the year, forecasters said.
Temperatures will be 10-12 degrees above normal in the valleys and 8-10 degrees above normal in the L.A County coastal zone, which includes downtown Los Angeles, said National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan.
The heat will result from an upper ridge that will be situated along the coast Friday over the weekend, and Santa Ana winds that normally blow in the early part of spring, he said, adding that the region will also be spared the morning low clouds and fog normally associated with May gray or June gloom conditions.
The San Fernando Valley will be L.A. County’s hottest area Friday and over the weekend. As of early Friday morning, Woodland Hills is forecast to have a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit Friday, 94 Saturday, 95 Sunday and 92 Monday before reverting to the 80s on Tuesday. At the same time, Downtown L.A. will have highs of 82 Friday, 84 Saturday, 85 Sunday, 82 Monday and 77 Tuesday.
The NWS forecast sunny skies Friday and highs of 73 on Mount Wilson; 76 at LAX and in Avalon; 80 in Long Beach; 82 in Downtown L.A.; 83 in Palmdale, Lancaster and San Gabriel; 85 in Burbank; 86 in Pasadena and Saugus; and 90 in Woodland Hills.
Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 70 in Newport Beach and San Clemente; 71 in Laguna Beach; 81 in Irvine; 82 in Mission Viejo; 83 in Anaheim; and 86 in Fullerton and Yorba Linda.
Temperatures are forecast to rise by a few degrees Saturday, drop slightly Sunday and Monday and fall again Tuesday. The hottest day of the hot spell in Most of L.A. County will come Saturday, when a high of 85 is forecast in Downtown L.A., 91 in Pasadena, and 95 in Woodland Hills, where it will be five degrees higher than Friday.
—City News Service
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