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With warmer weather expected, L.A. will be feeling the heat again

October 14, 2012 |  9:42 am

A high-pressure system combined with off-shore winds is driving temperatures up in Los Angeles, but the high heat will probably only last through Wednesday.

Temperatures on Sunday were forecasted to reach 89 degrees in downtown L.A. and ranged from the mid-70s at the beaches to almost 90 degrees inland, said meteorologist David Sweet of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

"We are going to be warming up,” Sweet said.

Between Sunday and Tuesday, temperatures will stay fairly steady -- increasing one or two degrees each day -- until they peak Wednesday, with downtown reaching 93 degrees, he said.

“Right now we have strong high pressure overhead, combining with some off-shore winds which tend to heat up the L.A. basin, and that combination is pushing temperatures well above normal,” Sweet said. “Normally, downtown would have a high temperature of 79,” he said.

But after Wednesday, the high-pressure system is expected to dissipate and Sweet said temperatures will probably fall back down again.

“After Wednesday, the high-pressure system weakens and we get cooler temperatures, better sea breeze,” he said, “so we will trend back down toward normal about Friday or Saturday.”

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