After record-busting heat, Southern California weather cools down

From left in the water, friends Alexa Soriano, Michael Shoesmith, Kara McVey and Hillary Alexander spend the day at the beach in Malibu.
(Christina House / For the Times)

For those who couldn’t beat the record-setting heat Monday, forecasters have good news.

Temperatures were expected to drop about 10 degrees Tuesday and stay below average for the rest of the week, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service.

“It’ll be quite a bit cooler,” he said.

Tuesday’s highs were expected to hit 80 degrees in downtown Los Angeles (which saw a high of 93 the day before), 89 in Pasadena (down from 99) and 93 in Woodland Hills (from 103). Wednesday’s temperatures should be even cooler in most spots, Seto said, falling to 79 degrees in Pasadena, 81 in Woodland Hills, and the low 70s along the coastal plain.


The coolest weather should come Friday, Seto said, with afternoon temperatures hitting 70 degrees in downtown Los Angeles.

Much of the region baked on Monday, as many cities saw record temperatures fall.

Bob Hope Airport in Burbank topped out at 103 degrees, breaking a 100-degree record for the day that had stood since 1976, the Weather Service said. Lancaster recorded 98, topping by one degree the record set in 1996.

In Ventura County, Camarillo recorded a high of 86. That broke an 83-degree record set in 1996, according to the Weather Service.

In the Inland Empire, Lake Elsinore hit 105 on Monday, breaking a record of 104 that had stood since 1927, the Weather Service said.

Near the border with Mexico in eastern San Diego County, the high at Campo was 100. The previous record was 95, set in 1984. Along the coast, temperatures were in the mid-70s.

Seto said the high pressure system and off-shore winds that led to the above-normal temperatures have cleared out. Those conditions have been replaced, he said, by a low-pressure system and winds from the coast that will usher in the cooler weather.


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