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KEVIN BLYTHE SAMPSON

3/31/11

Record highs set in L.A., Santa Barbara County as heat wave bakes Southern California | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

Record highs set in L.A., Santa Barbara County as heat wave bakes Southern California | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles
Times

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Record high temperatures for the day were set in downtown Los Angeles and Santa Maria Airport as a summer-like heat wave continued across Southern California on Thursday afternoon.

As of 3 p.m., the temperature had reached 92 degrees downtown near USC, breaking by 2 degrees the previous mark set in 1966, the National Weather Service said.

In Santa Barbara County, the high of 88 degrees at Santa Maria Airport broke a record of 86 degrees that had stood since 1931, according to the Weather Service.

The unseasonably warm weather came as a high-pressure ridge caused dry offshore winds to blow across the region.

But the Weather Service said temperatures will begin to drop beginning Friday and through the weekend as cooler coastal winds blow across Southern California.

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