Santa Ana winds to push Southern California temperatures well above normal


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LOS ANGELES — Southern California is warming up to summerlike conditions under the influence of developing Santa Ana winds.

The National Weather Service says the region is rapidly transitioning Tuesday to dry offshore flow as surface high pressure builds into the Great Basin.

Meteorologists say the strongest of the northeast gusts will occur Wednesday and Thursday.

Temperatures will be well above normal for the second half of the week, with highs in the 80s in many areas.

Along the shore, high surf pounding some beaches has been subsiding, but forecasters say a west-northwest swell generated last week in the western Pacific will arrive late Wednesday and persist through Friday. It's expected to peak at 10 feet.

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