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Record temperatures set or tied, but L.A. area will cool down

January 5, 2012 |  5:44 pm


Several record high temperatures for the day were broken or tied Thursday as warm weather continued across Southern California.

Temperatures across the region were expected to drop Friday and Saturday as cooler onshore winds begin to blow, the National Weather Service said. A high surf advisory for area beaches has been issued through Saturday morning.

On Thursday, the temperature at UCLA hit 86 degrees, breaking by 2 degrees a record set in 2003, the Weather Service said.  Los Angeles International Airport recorded a high of 83 degrees, tying a record set in 2006. It was 71 degrees in Lancaster, breaking the old record of 70 set in 1969.

Woodland Hills topped out at 84 degrees, tying a record set in 2003. Sandberg, in the Antelope Valley, recorded a high of 68 degrees, breaking a record of 64 degrees set in 1969.

By Saturday, temperatures will be about 10 degrees cooler than they were Thursday, the Weather Service said.

But the cooler weather was not expected to last long. High pressure will begin filling in on Sunday and keep temperatures above normal through Thursday, said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The high temperatures, she said, are expected to reach the mid 70s.

"It's not as warm as it was" this week, she told The Times, "but it's still nice weather for this time of year."


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Photo: Long Beach resident Bryan Barnes enjoys the record-setting warm temperatures in Seal Beach by jumping off a sand berm with sons Bryson and Bodie right behind him. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times