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Heat records break as summer-like weather continues

January 5, 2012 | 10:32 am

Warm beach day Jan 4 2012
Southern California should experience another day of warm weather Thursday as temperatures are expected to climb into the 80s.

The National Weather Service issued a high-surf advisory for late Thursday afternoon into Saturday for Los Angeles and Ventura counties. A strong storm system in the central Pacific produced breakers up to 15 feet high, weather service officials said.

High swells could bring high tides, coastal flooding and potentially dangerous rip currents, the National Service warned.

The summer-like heat and high swells sent surfers flocking to local beaches.

Inland, many cities experienced record high temperatures Wednesday. San Gabriel reached 91, topping the record of 87 degrees set in 2001; UCLA climbed to 89 degrees, breaking the record of 83 degrees set in 2001; and Long Beach recorded 88 degrees, which beat the 65-degree high set in 1969.

Warm weather in the winter is common in the Southland, especially with Santa Ana events, but "when we start breaking weather records set almost 50 years ago, that's unusual," said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service.

While Thursday will be another warm day, Seto said he does not expect any records to be set.

High temperatures in the area include 86 in downtown Los Angeles, 90 in Fullerton and 85 in Ontario.

Temperatures are expected to cool off starting Friday.

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Photo: Edgar Hernandez, 18, is stopped from running into the water by his 2-month-old puppy, Loonie, during another warm winter's day Wednesday in Santa Monica. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times.

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