Southern California Temperatures Climb Toward Record Highs

Temperatures will climb into the mid-90s along the coast and near 100 in downtown Los Angeles

More record high temperatures are possible Wednesday during another round of hot and windy weather in the middle of what could be one of the warmest weeks of the year.

Records were reported Tuesday in Camarillo, Oxnard and other locations in Southern California.  Triple-digit temperatures are possible Wednesday in valleys, foothills and downtown Los Angeles -- which topped out at 93 degrees at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The record high for May 14 in downtown Los Angeles is 96 degrees, set in 1890. Other records highs for May 14:

  • Santa Barbara: 90 degrees (1970)
  • Camarillo: 98 degrees (1979)
  • LAX: 87 degrees (1967)
  • Long Beach: 93 degrees (1970)
  • Burbank: 100 degrees (1970)      
  • Ontario: 92 degrees (2004)      
  • Palmdale: 98 degrees (1937)      
  • Lancaster: 98 degrees (2006)     
  • Palm Springs: 112 degrees (1927)
  • Santa Ana: 83 degrees (2004)

"Even at the beaches, temperatures are going to be in the mid-90s," said NBC4 meteorologist Crystal Egger. "It's going to be hotter today than it was yesterday."

Unseasonably warm temperatures will run about 10 to 20 degrees above normal. Temperatures in the low- to mid-70s are normal for downtown LA, Burbank, Camarillo and other Southern California communities this time of year.

In Riverside County, a heat advisory was scheduled to go into effect at 9 a.m. Highs will be in the low-90s to low-100s on Wednesday and Thursday.

The heat advisory will remain in effect through Thursday evening.

Calm winds were reported early Wednesday, but winds speeds are likely to increase throughout the day. The strongest winds are expected in Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario and Big Bear with gusts between 30 and 40 mph.

Temperatures are expected to drop by at least 20 degrees by Sunday.

Strong gusts combined with heat and dry conditions to prompt a red flag fire weather warning for most of Southern California, where several wildfires broke out Wednesday morning north of San Diego.

A brush fire in Carlsbad forced evacuations at an apartment complex and school. Another fire near Camp Pendleton forced evacuations on part of the Marine Corps base.

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