Get out the shorts, flip-flops, and don’t forget the sunglasses. At 11:15 a.m. in the Media City the temperature hit 79 degrees. It’s going to get even hotter — well into the 80s. The forecast is for this mini-winter heat wave to linger through Valentine’s Day weekend. Much of the Southland is enjoying the extra warm weather — in some places like Los Angeles the temps are 20 degrees above average for this time of year.
It’s not all sunshine and blue skies, the Santa Ana winds are expected to kick up, according to AccuWeather.com . Some wind gusts could get up to 50 mph today. The strongest winds will be in and around the canyons and passes. We’re not in the official fire season, but with those gusty winds and the very dry conditions the situation is ripe for fires. So be on the alert.