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Hot Spell Spikes with Mercury to Hit 87 in Pasadena

Published on Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 7:01 am
 

This week’s hot spell will reach a climax today, with highs in Pasadena and other local communities nearing or reaching record territory.

“We might get close,” National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Bruno said when asked about record highs.

High pressure and offshore flow will bring dry weather with well above-normal temperatures to southwestern California through Friday,” according to a National Weather Service statement. “It will be much cooler Saturday as onshore flow returns,” replacing the strong offshore winds the region has been experiencing. “There will be further cooling with a chance of showers Sunday into Monday as low pressure moves into the area. Dry and slightly warmer weather is expected for Tuesday.”

The week’s above-average temperatures resulted from a ridge of high pressure aloft combined with Santa Ana winds, which are now coming to an end.

Today’s highs will be far above average in a number of communities.

Warm temperatures during Southland winters are not unheard of, Bruno said, although how quickly the weather will turn is a little unusual, he added, noting that Sunday’s highs, amid rain, will be up to 24 degrees lower. At the same time, the snow level could drop to around 3,000 feet Sunday, he said.

Here is the full forecast from National Weather Service:

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

Sunday: A slight chance of rain before 10am, then a chance of showers, mainly between 10am and 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday Night: A slight chance of rain before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 68.

Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 44.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 71.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 46.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 74.

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