Ten days from the start of spring, the Southland will once again bask in unusually warm weather Friday, and even higher temperatures are in the forecast, with highs in the 90s expected in the coming days.
As has been the case all week, no heat records are expected as a result of the hot spell, which National Weather Service forecasters say does not quite constitute a heat wave, even though Friday’s temperatures will be 10-15 degrees above normal.
The heat is the result of a strong ridge of upper-level high pressure that has been parked over the region for several days, pushing down the air and, in this way, causing it to warm up.
In spite of the heat and some wind, no wildfire warnings have been issued. The consensus is that, after heavy rains earlier this year, what is usually dry vegetation constituting highly combustible fire fuel is now suffused with enough moisture to stave off high risks of wildfire, said NWS meteorologist Todd Hall.
The NWS forecast partly cloudy skies in Los Angeles County Friday and highs of 69 degrees Fahrenheit in Avalon; 70 at LAX; 74 on Mount Wilson and in Long Beach; 79 in Palmdale, Lancaster and Downtown Los Angeles; 80 in San Gabriel; 81 in Burbank; 82 in Pasadena; 84 in Saugus; and 85 in Woodland Hills.
Temperatures will be generally about a degree higher on Saturday and climb by several degrees in some areas on Sunday, when the high at LAX, for example, is forecast to rise 11 degrees to 82. Temperatures will be in the high 80s in the San Gabriel Valley on Sunday and Monday but climb to 91 in Woodland Hills on both days. On Tuesday, temperatures will fall several degrees, remaining in the 80s in some communities but reverting to the 70s in others.
Sunny skies were forecast in Orange County Friday, along with highs of 68 in Newport Beach; 69 in San Clemente; 70 in Laguna Beach; 79 in Anaheim; 80 in Irvine; 82 in Fullerton and Mission Viejo; and 85 in Yorba Linda. Orange County temperatures will generally remain in the 70s and 80s through at least Thursday — the high 80s in some communities — but there will be exceptions, notably in Yorba Linda, where highs will be 92 Sunday and 94 Monday before falling to 88 on Tuesday.
—City News Service