Southern California endures record-breaking heat for a third day

It happened again: For the third day in a row Wednesday, Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California endured record-breaking temperatures.

Although the calendar says February, residents of L.A., Camarillo and Oxnard all sweated through summer-like conditions as temperatures climbed well into the 80s by noontime, according to the National Weather Service.

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The temperature reached 85 degrees in Los Angeles, busting the record for the date of 83 degrees, set in 1988, according to the weather service. And in Camarillo, the temperature hit 89. The previous record of 86 was set last year.


The temperature in Oxnard reached 88 degrees, breaking the record of 83, set in 1988.

Wednesday’s temperatures were not quite as feverish as they were Tuesday, when the mercury reached 90 degrees in Westwood and crushed the record of 85 set in 2006. And the temperature in Long Beach on Tuesday hit 92, breaking the record of 86 set in 1991, according to the weather service.

A large high-pressure system near Utah is bringing dry and warm conditions to Southern California. The warm weather is expected to dissipate and give way to a low-pressure system by this weekend.

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“This will result in one last day with possible record heat before a slow but steady cooling trend takes hold through Saturday,” weather service meteorologist Andrew Rourke said in a statement.

Amid the slight cooling trend, Southern California will be dry and the skies will be clear.

“Aside from a few puffs of wind each morning in the passes and canyons, there will [be] little in the way of winds,” he said.

By Sunday’s L.A. Marathon, temperatures could bump back up 2 to 4 degrees into the high 70s and low 80s, forecasters say.

The warming trend will continue into Monday but should eventually flatten out by the middle of next week. Forecasters say a “medium rain system” could bring some showers to the region by Wednesday.

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