Temperatures in Low 80s Give a Summer Preview

Summer officially starts today, but that didn’t stop Mother Nature from giving Orange County an early dose of hot, beach-like weather Wednesday.

The warmer-than-normal temperatures are expected to cool a bit today with the help of some onshore winds, meteorologists said. The mercury is expected to hit the mid-60s along the coast and reach the mid-to-upper 70s today and the rest of the week.

On Wednesday, temperatures were in the low 80s throughout the county, according to WeatherData, which provides forecasts for The Times. The hottest spot in the county was Santa Ana at 84, far from the record in the county for the day, which was 95 degrees in 1973.

Meteorologist Rob Kaczmarek said the hot weather was due to “a weak upper-level ridge of high pressure combined with a weak marine layer and not too terribly strong winds.”


Today is the summer solstice, with the most daylight hours of the year.