Weekend Heat Breaks Records in SoCal; Steady Cool-Down Predicted

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Scorching temperatures smashed heat records across Southern California this weekend, as forecasters predicted a steady cool-down over the next several days.

Artwork on the exterior of a shuttered club along Broadway in South Los Angeles accentuates the feel of hot weather in February. Hot weather returned over the weekend. (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)
Artwork on the exterior of a shuttered club along Broadway in South Los Angeles accentuates the feel of hot weather in February. Hot weather returned over the weekend. (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

In Ventura County, Camarillo hit 92 degrees on Sunday, walloping the previous record of 85 degrees set in 1999, according to the National Weather Service. Oxnard reached 90 degrees, beating the record of 85 set in 1999.

At the Long Beach Airport, the temperature hit 90 degrees on Sunday, topping the record of 89 in 1999; a high temperature of 86 degrees at the Santa Barbara Airport beat the record of 81 also set in 1999.

Monday is expected to be another unseasonably hot day, but temperatures should drop 15 to 18 degrees by Friday throughout the region, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. The heat, she said, has been fueled by dry, warm offshore winds coming from the northeast, but a shift in the winds will help cool things down to seasonal averages.

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