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A late-winter heat wave continued Thursday, producing summer-like conditions and breaking additional temperature records across the region.
A record high of 93 degrees was recorded at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, breaking the old record of 89 set in 1994, according to the National Weather Service. Twenty miles east in Woodland Hills, temperatures reached 94 degrees, surpassing the old record of 83 that was also set in 1994.
Other heat records were set in the Los Angeles County foothill community of Sandberg, where temperatures rose to 82 degrees, replacing the old record of 75 set in 1994. In Lancaster, it was 88, versus the old record of 85 in 2007.
Bonnie Bartling, weather specialist at the NWS, said the high-pressure system that's been producing the warm conditions is expected to break down over the next few days, making way for cooler weather. She also said a cold-weather system is approaching the state and will produce showers and colder temperatures -- but perhaps not here.
"Brrr," she said. "But it could be one of those systems that doesn't make it all the way into Los Angeles."
The next system, she added, is likely to affect the northern parts of the state and produce rain, while Los Angeles could see temperatures drop 20 degrees or more to the low to mid-60s.
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Temperatures will be slightly cooler Thursday but inland areas of Southern California could still experience record highs, the National Weather Service said.
Woodland Hills, which hit a record high of 94 on Wednesday, is expected to cool to 91 Thursday. But that could best the record of 89 set on the same date in 1994.
Burbank could also set a record Thursday with an expected high of 88. Wednesday in Burbank, it was 93, breaking the old record of 85 set in 1951.
Dense fog in coastal regions and the San Gabriel Valley, which slowed down commutes Thursday morning, may return again Friday, said Scott Sukup, a NWS meteorologist.
By Friday, inland areas should cool further to the upper 70s and 80s, with temperatures still above normal for the weekend, Sukup said.
In downtown Los Angeles, where it was 85 Wednesday, the high Thursday is expected to be 79, with weekend highs in the mid to upper 70s.
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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.
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