Southern California warms up to summerlike highs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the Midwest seemed to be reverting to winter, Southern California had a spring fling with summer on Monday as high pressure and offshore flow heated up the region.
Temperatures soared to 95 degrees (35 Celsius) in downtown Los Angeles, and many other locations including the coast had similar highs, some setting records for the date.
The warmth spread well up the coast with a record 79 degrees (26 Celsius) at the airport in Monterey, the National Weather Service said.
The beach weather was in stark contrast to the blanket of snow and slate-gray skies left in the aftermath of a storm that marched across the Midwest.
The California heat was not expected to persist.
Forecasters said Southern California coastal areas would see double-digit temperature drops Tuesday as sea breezes pushed back onshore. Valleys will be cooler also but not by as much, the weather service said.
In Northern California, portions of the San Francisco Bay Area will see light rainfall Tuesday, followed Wednesday by more widespread light rain that could last into Thursday.