The warming trend so many Angelenos have been waiting for is expected to gain strength over the weekend as high pressure builds, pushing temperatures upward, according to the National Weather Service.
Despite persistent overnight frost advisories, forecasters say L.A. area temperatures are expected to swing from frigid to above normal next week, with daytime highs about 80 degrees inland.
Daytime temperatures this week will remain in the 60s to 70s, but on Saturday, that will start to change as they inch up a few degrees. By Sunday, highs are expected to be in the 70s at the beaches and about 80 degrees inland, the weather service said.
Frost advisories for the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, along with inland valleys in Ventura County, ended at 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to Kathy Hoxsie with the National Weather Service. Still, those same valleys, including Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Antelope, could see yet another frost advisory later in the week.
Strong winds, meanwhile, are not expected to return any time soon. Blustery winds Tuesday toppled trees throughout Los Angeles, with some falling on cars, a fire spokesman said. Tractor trailers were also blown over.
The winds were fairly typical Santa Anas, Hoxsie said, but the storm has brought cold, heavier air that packs “a little more punch” than a standard high to low pressure wind.
The recent bone-chilling winter weather was also blamed for the deaths of four homeless people in Northern California.