Record Spring Heat Possible in SoCal High Desert

Fire danger will increase by mid-week as wind, heat and dry conditions arrive in valley, mountain and desert areas

Antelope Valley residents can expect temperatures in the 90s again Monday during the start of a hot, dry and windy week in Southern California.

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Sunday provided a sign of conditions to come as temperatures reached a record high of 96 degrees in Lancaster. The reading tied a record set in 2007, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures might climb to 94 degrees Monday in Palmdale and Lancaster.

"Low clouds and fog will be fairly quick to clear," said NBC4 forecaster Elita Loresca ""As we get into the middle of the week, a ridge of high pressure building behind this front is going to continue to move into the basin.

"That's going to set us up for some moderate Santa Ana winds. This could also translate into some of the hottest temperatures of the season."

Monday's Forecast Highs:

  • 65 in Newport Beach
  • 66 in Avalon
  • 69 at LAX and Long Beach
  • 75 in downtown Los Angeles and on Mount Wilson
  • 77 in Anaheim
  • 80 in San Gabriel
  • 83 in Burbank and Pasadena
  • 88 in  Woodland Hills
  • 89 in Saugus

The wildfire risk is likely to increase by mid-week when strong winds develop across mountain and desert areas, and in Los Angeles and Ventura county valleys. Windy conditions are likely through Friday.

"During this time, the very low humidities in combination with the  gusty offshore winds and very warm temperatures will bring elevated fire danger  to interior portions of Southwest California, especially considering the  unusually dry fuels for this time of year,'' according to the National Weather Service advisory.  "There is the potential for critical red flag conditions.''

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