Before the havoc that freezing temperatures wrought on California agriculture could recede into memory, the mercury soared in Los Angeles on Sunday to within two degrees of the record for the date.
The Civic Center high of 84 degrees just fell short of the mark set in 1986. And forecasters said temperatures today and Tuesday should remain at near record levels.
A high-pressure system over Utah produced mild Santa Ana conditions largely responsible for Sunday’s warmth, said Steve Burback, a meteorologist with WeatherData Inc., which provides forecasts for The Times. The warming trend was helped along by an upper level high-pressure system along the California coast, he said.
Except along the coast, where it will be somewhat cooler, highs in the Los Angeles Basin should range from the 70s to the mid-80s through Tuesday, Burback said.
Temperatures will fall toward the end of the week as a low-pressure system building over the Pacific begins to influence local weather, he said. High temperatures will remain in the 70s through Friday, he said, with mostly clear skies.