Los Angeles County recorded record low temperatures earlier this week at Los Angeles International Airport and Long Beach during a cold snap in February, but a warming trend next week will see temperatures soar to to 20 degrees in parts of the interior and the valley.
Temperatures in Southern California began to drop on Tuesday as a winter storm system moved through the region, bringing snow to mountainous areas, with high winds and cold overnight lows that broke several records. , according to the National Weather Service.
Long Beach Airport recorded a low of 39 degrees Thursday, breaking the date record of 40 set in 1987, officials said. The low at LAX of 39 broke the previous record of 40 degrees set in 1960.
Further north, temperatures dropped to 33 at Camarillo, 35 at Oxnard and 29 at Santa Maria Airport in northern Santa Barbara County, according to the weather service. On Friday morning, Paso Robles fell to 23, breaking a record 25 degrees set in 1953.
As the cold snap subsides, gusty Santa Ana winds are expected in the area this weekend. Northeast winds of 15 to 25 mph gusting up to 35 mph are expected through Saturday afternoon for lower elevations in Ventura and Los Angeles counties, according to the weather service. In mountainous areas, gusts will reach 45-50 mph and could make driving difficult.
Warmer temperatures are fast approaching for most of Southern California, with temperatures warming Monday through Wednesday, according to the NWS. Daytime temperatures are expected to reach up to 80 degrees in inland areas and valleys where Thursday’s highs struggled to break 60. The hot weather will be followed by another cooling trend.
There is no rain in the forecast for the area, said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the Oxnard Weather Service. February is usually the wettest month of the year.
“We saw a very wet December, but January and February were dry months,” Kittell said. “The surplus we have gained in rainfall has been washed away by the past few months.”
Los Angeles Times