Southern California endures record-breaking heat for a third day
USC students Pat Corcoran and Alexandra Plzak enjoy the warm weather on campus Tuesday as temperatures reached a record 87 degrees in downtown Los Angeles.
(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles City firefighter Harold Kim cools down after battling a house fire in 90-degree heat Tuesday.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Blakey Olsen of Laguna Beach practices yoga in front of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum as temperatures set a record at 87 degrees in downtown L.A. on Tuesday.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A man carries a surfboard at sunset at El Porto beach on Monday in Manhattan Beach.(Patrick T. Fallon / For The Times)
Basilios Papaioannou of West Hollywood builds a drip castle in the sand at Venice Beach.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
People play football and climb on the rock jetty at Venice Beach.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Boys play in the ocean at Venice Beach.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Ariel Rhone uses an umbrella for shade near the Venice boardwalk on Monday.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Venetia Taylor of New York enjoys the afternoon reading a book at the Ace Hotel rooftop pool on Broadway Street in Los Angeles(Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Dan Charcoal, who is vacationing in Southern California from Maui, golfs on Zuma Beach during a hot winter day Monday.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Dilip Ray performs jumping jacks during his daily workout at Warner Park in Woodland Hills. Warm temperatures and high winds are expected today.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Holly Di Renzo gives her daughter Bella, 4, left, and son Dante, 3, a push, as they ride on the swings at Lost Canyon Park in Simi Valley.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Feet dangle from a lifeguard tower along PCH in Malibu during a hot winter day Monday.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
On a warm, windy afternoon a woman heads to her car after shopping at the 99 Cents store in Simi Valley.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Cedric Laheurte places an Oscars “floaty” in the swimming pool as warm weather is in store for the annual Oscars nominee luncheon today at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Strong winds and high temperatures have fire crews on alert. Above, David Castro works at Warner Park in Woodland Hills on Monday.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
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.
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.
“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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