Winter heat wave breaks records in Woodland Hills, Burbank
As the Los Angeles region enjoyed a third straight day of summer-like weather Wednesday, Woodland Hills set a record high temperature of 94 degrees, breaking the old record of 92 set in 2007.
The late-winter heat is being caused by a high pressure system aided by slight offshore winds that combine to warm inland areas, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie.
The higher-than-normal temperatures are expected to last through Thursday before the high pressure system begins to break down and onshore breezes settle in to produce cooler temperatures, Hoxsie said.
Wild swings of weather are not uncommon this time of year, Hoxsie said. “We finally got a nice wet week last week and we’re now kind of swinging around in the other direction with warmer days,” she said.
Other heat records were recorded at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank with a high of 93 degrees, breaking the old record of 85 set in 1951, and in the Los Angeles County foothill community of Sandberg, with a high of 77, edging out the old record of 76 set in 2007.
Meanwhile, coastal residents will get another dose of early morning fog Thursday that's expected to push in about a quarter-mile inland but not affect interior valleys, Hoxsie said.
-- Carla Rivera