Environment & Science

Summerlike conditions to continue for a few more days

A sunny day at the Santa Monica Pier.
A sunny day at the Santa Monica Pier.
Tony Hisgett via Flickr

Southern California is wrapping up winter with more summerlike conditions.

The National Weather Service says an offshore flow will bring above-normal temperatures through the end of this week as a huge ridge of high pressure will dominate the entire West Coast and Eastern Pacific.

Numerous locations across the region hit highs in the 80s on Tuesday, while the community of Thermal in the Coachella Valley reached 90 degrees.

Forecasters say the ridge will begin to weaken Thursday, opening the way for cooler and cloudier conditions on the weekend, followed by a chance of rain on Monday.

The Southland is well behind on normal rainfall as most storms this winter have stayed to the north.

Downtown Los Angeles has had 6.57 inches since Oct. 1. The historical average rainfall to date is 12.42 inches.