Environment & Science

Southern California basks in summerlike warmth

File: Canary Island palms tower above the city as the sun sets on the popular 20th century symbols of Southern California on Oct. 19, 2006 in Los Angeles.
File: Canary Island palms tower above the city as the sun sets on the popular 20th century symbols of Southern California on Oct. 19, 2006 in Los Angeles.
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There's still more than a week to go before winter officially gives way to spring, but Southern California has done a fast-forward to summerlike weather.

Temperatures rose into the 80s again Thursday and forecasters predict temperatures will remain well above normal until a cooling trend by the middle of next week.

The source of the warmth is a ridge of high pressure that's causing air to flow offshore, keeping the normal cooling ocean breezes at bay.

The National Weather Service says some models indicate Sunday will be "fairly roasty-toasty," bringing the warmest day of the heat spell.

The warm and dry conditions follow an exceptionally rainy winter. Statistics show January was the wettest in more than six years in many locations, with rainfall averaging 200 percent to 300 percent of normal.