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Sunny, warm weather to continue in L.A. for the rest of the week

January 25, 2011 | 12:21 am

Los Angeles’ T-shirt-and-shorts weather is expected to continue through the weekend, the National Weather Service says.

But forecasters warned beachgoers about the potential Tuesday for “very strong currents and dangerous swimming conditions” along the Orange and San Diego county coasts. Dangerous rip-current conditions have persisted since Saturday along parts of the Pacific Coast.

Highs in the L.A. area will continue peaking in the 70s for the rest of the week, with a chance of temperatures hitting the low 80s on Thursday, forecasters said. Skies are expected to remain clear.

Daytime temperatures will remain mostly above normal, the weather service said.

Temperatures Monday were pleasant across the region, with Long Beach and Laguna Beach topping out at 69; Redondo Beach, 72; Burbank and Santa Monica, 74; downtown L.A. and Pasadena, 75; San Gabriel, 76; UCLA and Woodland Hills, 77; Northridge, 78; and Chatsworth, 80. Riverside and Fillmore recorded the highest temperatures in the nation, with the mercury hitting 82. The lowest temperature Monday was in Saranac Lake, N.Y., in the Adriondack Mountain range, with 36 degrees below zero.

The pleasant weather in Southern California is being caused by strong high pressure in the Great Basin in the Nevada area, which is pushing air into Southern California and bringing with it clear skies and warmer temperatures. Santa Ana winds are forecast to pick up beginning Wednesday night and into Thursday.

The weather is less pleasant in the Central Valley. Thick, dense fog, with visibility less than 500 feet, was expected to persist until 1 p.m. Tuesday. Known as tule fog, the pea-soup conditions are common in the Central Valley in winter months and hazardous for motorists.


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