Warming Trend Underway For Southern California

Los Angeles March Heat Wave Shatters Records

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A warming trend got underway today in the Southland, where temperatures are expected to rise by several degrees.

The higher temperatures are the result of warm gusty winds, which will sweep the region through this morning, and a ridge of high pressure from the Pacific, which will shift to the east later this week, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie.

Burbank, which experienced a seasonal high of 70 degrees Monday, is expected to have a high of 74 today, rising to 80 by Thursday, according to an NWS forecast. Saugus, where Monday's high was 64, is forecast to register a high of 71 today.

The NWS forecast sunny skies today and highs of 59 on Mount Wilson; 67 in Avalon; 68 in Palmdale and Lancaster; 71 in Saugus; 72 at LAX; 74 in Burbank; and 76 in Downtown L.A., Long Beach, Pasadena, San Gabriel and Woodland Hills. By Thursday, Downtown will have a high of 78, Burbank 80 and Woodland Hills 82. A cooling trend will begin in L.A. County on Friday with a decline of a few degrees. By Sunday, L.A. County highs will range mostly from the mid 60s to the low 70s.

Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County today, along with highs of 70 in Newport Beach, 74 in Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 76 in Yorba Linda; 77 in Anaheim, Irvine and Mission Viejo; and 79 in Fullerton. Orange County temperatures are up to six degrees higher than Monday and will begin declining along the coast Wednesday while dropping or rising minimally in inland areas. A drop of 3-5 degrees is expected Saturday.

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