Southern California's winter heat wave set temperature records for the second day in a row Saturday, but the National Weather Service said cooler and darker skies are on the way.
The mercury rose to 87 degrees at Los Angeles Civic Center on Saturday, breaking the high temperature record for the day (83 degrees set in 1983), and the Weather Service said Saturday morning's low of 62 degrees probably will break the record for the day's highest minimum reading (60 degrees set in 1908).
Weather Service meteorologists said it is all because of a strong high-pressure area centered over Nevada and Utah.
That pressure, which is forcing warm desert air westward across the coastline, is also credited with Friday's high temperatures and could keep skies relatively cloud free and cheerful today, according to the forecasters.
But relative humidity, which held a dry span from 28% to 14% Saturday, was expected to move toward 50% as the high-pressure area begins a slow eastward movement--and increasing cloudiness with the chance of occasional showers was expected by Tuesday at the latest.