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Indecisive weather -- chilly at beach, hot inland

September 3, 2010 |  9:02 pm

Southern California continued a wide-ranging weather trend Friday, with record low temperatures along the coast and triple-digit scorchers inland.

A record low of 57 degrees was recorded at Los Angeles Airport, shaving one degree off the previous low in 1989.

The air will remain cool near the ocean due to “areas of dense fog near the coast" Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Visibility will fall to a quarter mile or less in places, with overnight lows in the 50s to lower 60s.

Saturday's highs will range from the mid-60s to mid-70s at the beaches and close to 90 degrees in downtown Los Angeles.

This August was one of the coolest on record at coastal sites in Southern California, largely a product of cooler ocean temperatures.

But the flip side is transpiring -- and perspiring -- inland. The forecast calls for hot weather, extremely low humidity and sometimes gusty winds across the inland mountains and valleys, resulting in a red flag warning -- denoting high fire danger -- during daylight hours Saturday.

By noon the temperature is expected to reach 93 degrees in Burbank and 100 in Ontario. San Bernardino is expected to top out at 106.

-- Howard Blume

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