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Above-normal temperatures expected across Southern California

August 17, 2011 |  9:46 pm

Above-normal temperatures across Southern California are expected to last into Friday as high pressure continues in the region, the National Weather Service said.

Triple-digit temperatures were recorded Wednesday in some inland areas. In Los Angeles County, Palmdale reached 102 degrees, the Weather Service said. In the Inland Empire, Hemet hit 105 degrees and Riverside topped out at 101.

Downtown Los Angeles recorded a high of 81 degrees, while coastal cities such as Santa Monica and Oceanside reached the low 70s.

The high pressure is expected to create a mild "sundowner" wind condition in Santa Barbara County. The sundowners have been the cause of numerous devastating fires along the region’s mountainous east-west coastline, bringing heavy Santa Ana-like winds around sunset.

By Saturday, the Weather Service said, a moist coastal-air flow is expected to cause a cool down.

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