Two days after an unseasonably warm Christmas, high-temperature records were set at locations across Los Angeles County on Friday, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service.
In downtown Los Angeles, which is on track to have its driest calendar year on record, a high of 85 degrees broke the old record of 83 degrees that was set in 1947.
At Long Beach Airport, the high of 84 broke a 1972 record of 78 degrees.
Records were also set at weather stations in Burbank, Woodland Hills, at UCLA and in Sandberg in the Antelope Valley, the National Weather Service’s forecast office in Oxnard reported.
In Ventura County, at Camarillo Airport, the 1956 record of 83 was broken by 1 degree.
Over the weekend, gusty Santa Ana winds were expected to contribute to critical fire weather in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Warm conditions and low humidity were expected to continue.
In the Inland Empire and Orange County, a high pressure system was bringing warmer temperatures that were expected to continue through the weekend and into next week.