Los Angeles Breaks Its Longest Streak of Warm Temps

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - More cool weather, winds and scattered rain prevailed across the Southland today, one day after Los Angeles saw its record streak of warm temperatures come to an end.

“With a high temp of only 62 degrees today, the streak of days with a high temp of 70 or higher at Downtown Los Angeles has officially ended at 200 days. This breaks the old record from 1885 by 10 days!” the National Weather Service's Los Angeles office tweeted late Saturday. “Pretty incredible! Time to enjoy temps in the 60s again!”

Highs on Sunday remained in the upper 50s and mid-60s in the greater Los Angeles area, with a chance of showers in the afternoon. Winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph were expected as well.

The NWS said the cold air mass will remain through Tuesday, and overnight temperatures would approach the freezing mark away from the coast the next several nights.

Lows in the 20s and low 30s were forecast for the Antelope Valley, and temperatures were expected to dip into the 30s in the mountains and the San Fernando Valley as well.

A winter weather advisory remained in effect until 10 p.m. for the mountains, where snow and gusty winds were expected. Between 2 and 3 inches of snow were expected above 5,000 feet, and 1 to 2 inches between 4,000 and 5,000 feet, including the Grapevine portion of Interstate 5. The forecast also called for west to northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph in those areas.

Los Angeles received .11 inches of rain Saturday, ending a streak of 172 days with no measurable precipitation in downtown Los Angeles. That tied the seventh longest such streak in recorded history.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announced Saturday that two augmented winter shelter sites would be available through 7 a.m. Monday at the following locations:

  -- Echo Park Community Center, 303 Patton St. (27 beds available)

  -- Hollywood Recreation Center, 1122 Cole Ave. (29 beds available)

Forecasters attributed the expected inclement weather to a low-pressure system out of the Pacific.

Along the L.A. County coastline, a high surf advisory will remain in effect until 4 p.m. Sunday, the NWS said.

The surf will reach 3 to 6 feet in height, and a high risk of rip currents will exist, according to the NWS.

Similar conditions will prevail Saturday, although the surf is expected to reach a height of 5 to 8 feet at west-facing beaches.

A slightly less serious beach hazard statement will remain in effect in Orange County until 2 a.m. Monday amid waves of 4-6 feet, with local sets to 7 feet. The highest surf is expected Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

Orange County also had a chance of showers Sunday, with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s expected.

Sunny skies will return Monday amid the cooler weather, but a slow warming trend will be seen this week, according to the NWS.

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