Updated at 3:30 p.m., March 27, 2015
The second day of a two-day hot spell settled over the Southland Friay, but the high-pressure system was slowly moving east, signaling slightly lower temperatures over the weekend before another warm front arrives Monday.
National Weather Service forecasters said that along with a slight drop in temperatures, some overnight low clouds and fog are possible in coastal areas over the weekend.
An onshore flow is expected to push into the area, bringing the cooler weather, but near-record-setting heat continued to linger this afternoon.
According to the NWS, downtown Los Angeles had already reached 91 degrees, tying the record for March 27, and there was still a chance it could break the mark. Burbank had also tied a heat record for the day by early afternoon.
By Saturday, temperatures will drop, but will be “still plenty above normal.” More cooling is expected on Sunday, before another ridge moves in Monday, bringing “another warm-up, but not as dramatic as what we’ve experienced the past couple of days,” according to the NWS.
Temperatures early next week will be “plenty above normal but relatively tame,” forecasters said.
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.
“Never, ever, leave children, pets, or the elderly alone in the car. Remember to look before you lock,” the NWS said.
—Staff and wire reports