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Warm Friday to give way to cooler weekend in Southern California

March 9, 2012 |  8:30 am


Friday will be the "nicest day for a while" before temperatures drop again over the weekend and stay cool late into next week in the Southland, a spokeswoman from the National Weather Service said.

The last day of the work week will see temperatures in the 80s along the coast and in the valleys, while a high-pressure system in the area reaches its peak, said Bonnie Bernstein. But the as the system moves away, temperatures will drop about 10 degrees on Saturday and fall into the 60s with clouds by Sunday.

"You’re seeing a transition from Saturday on," Bernstein said. "Saturday will be nice. Not Sunday. Sunday you will be in the mid 60s, and partly cloudy. Monday will be mostly cloudy."

Temperatures will stay in the 60s until at least Thursday, and although there are "no rainmakers in sight," Bernstein said a marine layer could encroach and bring light drizzle.

"It's still winter," she said. "It’s a false sense of security. We think summer is around the corner, but not yet."


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Photo: High temperatures are expected Friday along the coast but will drop over the weekend. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times