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SCV enjoys unseasonably warm winter

Weather could get slightly cooler next week

Posted: January 13, 2009 9:14 p.m.
Updated: January 14, 2009 4:55 a.m.

While the Northeast braces for a below-freezing cold snap, Southern California will continue to bask in unseasonably warm weather through this week, a weather official said Tuesday.

Santa Clarita Valley residents can expect a high of about 80 today with temperatures dropping into the mid-70s starting Thursday, said Jamie Meier, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Oxnard office.

Due to a high-pressure system over Nevada and strong offshore winds, the Santa Clarita area is seeing temperatures about 10 degrees higher than normal for this time of year, Meier said.

Overnight lows this week are forecast in the low 50s for the rest of the week, dropping to the 40s by early next week.

By Monday, the weather service said daytime highs should drop to 70.

The gusty winds that blasted the Southland were expected to die down Tuesday afternoon, with the lull lasting until late Thursday afternoon, Meier said.

That lull prompted the Los Angeles County Fire Department to lift its Red Flag Warning Tuesday night, Inspector Ron Haralson said.

Red Flag Warnings are issued whenever there is a spike in winds and increased fire danger.

Despite the lull, Haralson said there is still the potential for fires, and he advised residents be cautious and report anything suspicious.

As a warm sun shone on Valencia Tuesday and a gentle breeze danced down the boulevards, he said, "We could go from a day like today ... to a day of chaos."


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