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Temperatures set records in Southland’s hot streak

January 26, 2012 |  7:13 pm

Temperatures Thursday were in the 70s along the coast and 80s inland

This post has been changed. See the note below.

Record high temperatures for the day were set in Santa Barbara and San Diego counties as warm weather continued to grip Southern California.

Above-normal temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend, and powerful Santa Ana winds are forecast to blow across the Los Angeles area from Friday through Saturday, the National Weather Service said.

On Thursday, the high at Santa Barbara Airport was 85 degrees, breaking a record of 82 degrees set in 1947, the weather service said.  In eastern San Diego County, Campo topped out at 83 degrees. That broke a record for the day of 81 degrees set in 2003.

In Los Angeles County, UCLA recorded a high of 87 degrees. The temperature reached 86 in Chatsworth and 79 in downtown L.A.  In Ventura County, Fillmore was 83 degrees and Oxnard reached 77, according to the weather service.

The agency is predicting Santa Ana winds gusting more than 60 mph in the mountains and more than 40 mph in valleys and coastal areas.

For the record, 8:37 p.m. Jan. 26: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that the previous record in Campo was set in 1948.

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Photo:A young boy enjoys himself Thursday at Main Beach in Laguna Beach, where the temperature was in the upper 70s. Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times

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