first_img There was a 20 percent chance of light rain just after midnight tonight, and the chance of showers increases to 60 percent on a cloudy Monday. On Saturday morning, winds gusted at 40 mph in the Santa Clarita Valley and at 50 mph in the nearby mountain regions, but quickly quieted down by the afternoon. Today’s cooler temperatures might be more appropriate for the holidays, some people said. “I love the warm weather, but not for Christmas,” said Laurel Seaver, 53, of North Hills. “Christmas should be cooler.” Seaver’s daughter Kristina, 22, said she had been in Boston for winter in the past and was glad to be in Southern California. “I don’t like the cold,” she said. — Daniel Okamura, (818) 713-3706 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I think it’s strange,” said Pascal De Bruycker, 35, of Sherman Oaks, who said it was like a summer day in his native Belgium. “I’m lucky to be here,” he said on an outing at Lake Balboa. Hundreds of people also enjoyed summerlike weather at the beaches, where the surf remained high and was expected to increase Tuesday through Friday. In Woodland Hills, the high temperature Saturday was 89 degrees, topping the old 87-degreerecord from 1950, and Chatsworth hit 88, breaking the old 85-degree record from 1985. In Burbank, the high was 84, beating the old record of 82 from 1985. In Lancaster, the high of 72 tied the record set in 1950. Palmdale saw a high of 72, which broke the record of 71 degrees from 1969. Temperatures are expected to drop as much as 15 or 20 degrees today, Christmas Day and the first night of Hanukkah, with highs in the mid-60s to low 70s. More than just last-minute holiday shoppers were breaking into a sweat Saturday as record-breaking heat swept across Southern California. Temperatures in Woodland Hills and Chatsworth were among the highest in the nation. Dry, warm breezes blew into the valleys and mountains early Saturday, but fog began rolling in by nightfall, and forecasters predicted a sharp drop in temperatures with rain in the area by Monday. Many found the weather highly unusual for early winter.last_img

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