LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A warming trend will get underway Friday, ensuring a toasty Fourth of July weekend, and high surf will pound the Southland Coast from Saturday through Monday, the National Weather Service said today.
While today's temperatures will be similar to Wednesday's, Friday's will be up to 8 degrees higher in the San Fernando Valley, according to an extended NWS forecast.
The NWS also warned of elevated surf from Independence Day through Monday, with surf of 4 to 6 feet, large waves near shore, dangerous rip currents and minor coastal flooding.
The weather service forecast partly cloudy skies in L.A. County today, along with highs of 68 degrees in Avalon; 71 at LAX; 72 on Mount Wilson; 74 in Long Beach; 76 in Downtown L.A.; 77 in Burbank; 79 in Saugus; 80 in San Gabriel; 81 in Pasadena; 82 in Woodland Hills; 89 in Lancaster; and 90 in Palmdale. Temperatures will remain warm through Wednesday. The warmest communities will be Woodland Hills -- forecast to reach 90 Friday and 96 Sunday -- and the Antelope Valley, with Palmdale and Lancaster at 95 Friday and 99 Sunday.
Mostly sunny skies were expected in Orange County, along with highs of 68 on Santiago Peak; 71 degrees in Laguna Beach and San Clemente; 73 in Newport Beach and on Ortega Highway at 2,600 feet; 76 at Fremont Canyon; 79 at Trabuco Canyon and in Fullerton, Irvine and Mission Viejo; and 80 in Yorba Linda and Anaheim. Friday's highs won't be much different, but Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Anaheim, Irvine and Mission Viejo will experience highs in the low 90s on Sunday.
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