It's beach weather in Los Angeles.
A slow-moving ridge of high pressure has brought summer-like temperatures to Southern California, sending droves of people to the Pacific coast for a dip and prompting Los Angeles Marathon organizers to schedule an early start.
Los Angeles temperatures in mid-March typically top out around 70 degrees. But by early afternoon Saturday, the National Weather Service said the downtown temperature was nearing 90 degrees.
Federal meteorologist John Dumas says the heat was ushered in by a slow-moving ridge of high pressure that could linger until early next week.
Dumas says that weather pattern turns off the cooling sea breeze and turns up the temperatures.
To beat the heat, marathon organizers will kick off the race Sunday at 6:55 a.m., 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled.