The Southland sweltered in above-normal temperatures again Monday while high surf continued pounding the Los Angeles County coast, accompanied by strong and dangerous rip currents.
A combination of high pressure and weak offshore flow kept temperatures mostly in the 90s. Some areas flirted with triple digits, including Pasadena, where it hit 95 degrees by mid-afternoon, and Chatsworth, where it reached 94.
At Los Angeles International Airport, the temperature hit 91 degrees Monday, tying the record for this day set in 1950.
But forecasters said the Southland should see a gradual cooling trend starting Tuesday. The temperature at LAX is forecast to reach only 83 Tuesday, 81 Wednesday and 78 by Thursday. In downtown Los Angeles, which reached 91 degrees Monday, is forecast to hit 90 Tuesday, then drop to the mid-80s Wednesday and 82 on Thursday.
That drop is a big change from the temperatures that were recorded downtown over the weekend. According to the National Weather Service, downtown recorded three-straight days of triple-digit temperatures between Friday and Sunday, “the longest stretch of triple-digit readings in over 25 years.”
A heat advisory will remain force in Orange County — both the coast and inland areas — until 6 p.m. Forecasters also warned of beach hazards in Los Angeles County, noting that rip currents could prove dangerous for surfers and swimmers.
“Rip currents can pull swimmers and surfers out to sea. Sneaker waves can suddenly wash beachgoers off of beaches and rock jetties,” according to the NWS.
A low-pressure system is expected to move gradually over the Los Angeles area over the next few days, , bringing a chance of showers and “slight” chance of thunderstorms Wednesday morning through Thursday night.
“There is still a slight chance of thunderstorms over the high country from Los Angeles County to Santa Barbara County Tuesday afternoon,” according to the NWS.
—City News Service
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