Southern California Cool-Down Eases Fire Risk

Temperatures will drop at least 20 degrees by early next week, with highs in the 60s and 70s expected Tuesday.

A cool down heading into the weekend is expected to ease the high winds and heightened fire danger across Southern California.

"There are no wind watches or fire weather warnings today. The pattern responsible for the damaging Santa Ana winds is starting to break down," NBC4 meteorologist Crystal Egger said. "While the offshore flow continues across our area, winds are below any advisory concerns."

The warm weather, gusty winds and low humidity had created fire weather conditions earlier in the week. A wind advisory and red flag warnings were in effect Wednesday and Thursday.

"While it will be hot again in the inland valleys today, the coast will see a return to the seabreeze this afternoon with noticeable cooling," Egger said. "The rest of the area will notice a 5-8° drop in temperatures on Saturday, with even more cooling by Sunday."

Daytime highs Friday are expected to be in the mid-to-upper 90s inland.

Record temperatures were reported Thursday. LAX hit 89 degrees, downtown LA hit 92 degrees, Long Beach hit 94 degrees, Camarillo hit 98 degrees and Oxnard hit 95 degrees, all setting new records.

A marine layer is expected to return Friday afternoon. As a result, there could be patchy drizzle in Southern California by Tuesday.

Temperatures will drop at least 20 degrees by early next week, with highs in the 60s and 70s expected Tuesday.

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