Southland Again Basks in Above-normal Temperatures

warming trend returns to Southern California

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Southland will bask in above-normal temperatures again today as a result of a strengthening ridge of high pressure and weak offshore winds, the National Weather Service said.

Combined with humidity levels only in the teens, the conditions are creating an elevated fire danger but nothing critical, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.

Downtown L.A., where the normal high for this time of the year is 78 degrees, is forecast to reach 87 today and Saturday, then decline to 83 Sunday and revert to a normal 78 on Monday.

Burbank, where the normal high is also 78, will reach 91 today and Saturday, fall back to 85 Sunday and 79 Monday.

A similar pattern is expected in Orange County. Such weak temperature spikes at this time of the year are nothing very much out of the ordinary, according to forecasters.

Another major element in today's weather is dense fog in the L.A. area this morning.

The National weather Service forecast sunny skies in L-A County today and highs of 76 on Mount Wilson; 79 at LAX; 80 in Avalon; 84 in Lancaster; 85 in Palmdale; 87 in Long Beach and Downtown L-A; 90 in Saugus and San Gabriel; 91 in Burbank; 92 in Pasadena; and 93 in Woodland Hills. Temperatures shoud be about the same Saturday and begin to decline Sunday.

Sunny skies were also forecast in Orange County, along with highs of 71 in San Clemente; 73 on Santiago Peak; 74 in Laguna Beach; 75 in Newport Beach; 84 at the 2600-foot level on Ortega Highway; 85 in Irvine and Fremont Canyon; 87 in Anaheim; 88 in Fullerton and Yorba Linda; 89 in Mission Viejo; and 90 at Trabuco Canyon.

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