We've quipped that the summer of 2014 was Southern California's longest ever. It seemed to last until the fall rains of Holloween weekend finally doused the heat.
Well, it's back. Monday was the first full day of winter. Now the days start to get longer until June 21, the longest of the year.
The sun is getting a head start, because temperatures today could reach into the 80s in the L.A. area, according to the National Weather Service.
"Some areas could hit the 80s—Long Beach potentially," says National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Thompson, "maybe some other coastal areas. It depends on how things set up."
He said that because a high pressure system has been dropping anchor over the Pacific, the offshore flow and winds will push today's warmth toward the "coastal plain."
For the most part, expect mid- to upper-70s along the coast, Thompson told us, with perhaps 80 or so possible in some seaside pockets.
Downtown L.A. is expected to hit the mid- to upper-70s, too, he said. Records probably won't be broken, but it will be "very much above normal for this time of year," the forecaster said.
And then the fun ends. Today is expected to be the warmest day of the week.
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Offshore winds at night could cool things off considerably tonight and tomorrow, especially in the valleys, Thompson said. Wednesday could see temps in the high 60s to lower 70s, Thompson said.
And for Christmas Day we could be looking at lower- to mid-60s, the weather service says.
Look at your friends and family back east. Our weather is a gift. Be thankful—even for mid-60s days. Especially for mid-60s days.