With another rain storm on the way, temperatures are expected to be sharply lower Saturday amid partly cloudy skies.
The expected high temperature will drop precipitously — by 17 degrees at Los Angeles International Airport — compared with Friday and rain will douse the region on Sunday, forecasters said.
Sunday’s rain will result from a trough out of the Gulf of Alaska and will not be particularly intensive, producing about a quarter of an inch, but three-quarters of an inch in the mountains and foothills, said National Weather Service meteorologist Curt Kaplan.
High temperatures include 62 at Los Angeles International Airport, 17 degrees lower than Friday; 66 in downtown Los Angeles, 16 degrees lower than Friday’s high; and 67 in Woodland Hills, 15 degrees lower than Friday.
Orange County’s forecast highs include 68 in Yorba Linda, 67 in Irvine, 66 in Fullerton, 65 in Anaheim and Mission Viejo, 61 in Newport Beach and San Clemente and 60 in Laguna Beach.
Temperatures will drop by another several degrees — up to 12 — on Sunday, amid rainfall, followed by several days of dry weather.
On Friday, the Southland basked in unseasonably warm weather for a second day.
A record temperature of 79 degrees for March 3 was reached at Los Angeles International Airport, breaking the previous record of 78 set in 1972.
Other highs Friday included 84 in Pomona, 82 in downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena and Woodland Hills, 81 in Chatsworth and at Long Beach Airport, 80 in Burbank, Culver City, Northridge and Van Nuys, 79 in Hawthorne, Torrance UCLA and Santa Monica Airport, 78 in Redondo Beach.
Orange County highs included 84 in Anaheim and Yorba Linda, 83 in Santa Ana and Lake Forest, 82 at the Fullerton Airport, 78 at John Wayne Airport, 77 in Laguna Beach 75 in Huntington Beach, 73 in Dana Point and 72 in Newport Beach.
The warm weather Thursday and Friday was the result of high pressure caused by an upper-level ridge and Santa Ana winds, but sea breezes came in during the early afternoon, lowering the temperatures along the coast, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.
—City News Service
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