Gusty Santa Ana winds blew into Southern California on Tuesday, bringing summerlike temperatures that almost broke records in some communities during the first week of winter.
The National Weather Service said the northeast winds ranged from 20 mph to 30 mph in canyons, with gusts to about 45 mph in the mountains. The winds were expected to die off late Tuesday, but not before temperatures soar into the 80s across the region.
Downtown Santa Barbara reached 80 degrees and downtown Los Angeles hit 82, just below the record of 85 degrees for the date.
Point Mugu, Fillmore and Santa Paula all sweltered at 86 degrees, said Eric Boldt, a weather service meteorologist in Oxnard.
Temperatures were expected to drop by 10 degrees Wednesday and at least another 10 degrees Thursday with the arrival of a blustery cold front.
Dry weather was expected to continue through the holiday weekend.
The Santa Anas followed another phenomenon known as a standing mountain wave that brought northerly gusts into the region early Monday, toppling trees and temporarily knocking out power to more than 1,000 homes and businesses in Los Angeles.
This story has been updated.