Cooling trend begins in Southern California after record-breaking heat wave

After a record-breaking heat wave broiled the region this week, temperatures throughout Southern California were expected to dip slightly Saturday as part of a cooling trend that will continue into early next week.

High temperatures in most areas around Los Angeles are expected to be about five to 10 degrees cooler than Friday, said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Still, forecasters predicted highs of 91 in downtown Los Angeles, 94 in Burbank and 101 in Woodland Hills.


Temperatures Sunday are expected to drop by another five to eight degrees as the downward trend continues, Sukup said.

The reprieve comes after a heat wave hit Southern California midweek, the result of a large high pressure system that developed over the Four Corners region combined with light onshore winds, according to the weather service. It was the second heat wave to hit the region this month.

Friday's high temperatures tied or broke records for the date, including 96 degrees in Long Beach, tying a 2009 record, and 95 in Camarillo, smashing the previous record of 86, also set in 2009.

In the weather service's own backyard in Oxnard, a high of 92 broke the 1931 record of 89.

"It was pretty hot," Sukup said.

The cooling trend, influenced by a low pressure system moving into the Pacific Northwest, was expected to continue into the week, with temperatures forecast to fall below normal for this time of year.

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