Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Temperatures soared well above normal Thursday as a two- day hot spell settled over the Southland.

Downtown Los Angeles reached 90 degrees this afternoon as the high- pressure system amassed. Long Beach, Chatsworth, Fullerton and Woodland Hills also saw temperatures in the 90s as the day wore on.

Many other areas peaked in the 80s, although some coastal areas lingered mostly in the 70s, including Redondo Beach, Avalon and Los Angeles International Airport.

National Weather Service forecasters said the warm weather will continue into tomorrow, but could be slightly cooler than originally expected.

“The upper-level ridge responsible for the very warm conditions is just about right over the forecast area but will shift eastward the next couple of days,” according to the NWS in Oxnard. “… The sea breeze has already cooled temps down in some coastal spots.”

Forecasters said a stronger sea breeze is likely to develop tomorrow afternoon, making it slightly cooler than expected along the coast, although warmer weather is possible in the Antelope Valley.

“Even though tomorrow’s records are more reachable than today’s, not expected many records to be broken,” according to the NWS.

Forecasters predicted that Long Beach will reach 88 degrees tomorrow, which would break the record of 86.

More cooling is anticipated on Saturday as the system moves east, but temperatures “still will be well above normal.”

Also expected this weekend is high surf, strong rip currents and sneaker waves along south-facing beaches as a result of a long-period Southern Hemisphere swell that will move into coastal waters Friday, according to the NWS.

A beach hazard statement will be in effect in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties from late tonight through Sunday afternoon.

“If planning outdoor activities, it is advised to schedule these activities during the cooler parts of the day such as the morning or evening hours,” according to the NWS. “If activities cannot be rescheduled, avoid direct sunlight and seek shaded areas, if possible.”

The weather service also urged residents planning to perform strenuous outdoor activities to wear light-colored, light-weight clothing and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.

Forecasters added, “never, ever, leave children, pets, or the elderly alone in the car. Remember to look before you lock.”

—City News Service

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