LOS ANGELES — The Latest on record-setting heat in Southern California (all times local):
Southern California’s midwinter heat wave has broken or tied more records.
The National Weather Service says Long Beach Airport reached 91 degrees Monday, toppling the 1992 record of 83 for the date.
Similar unseasonable heat baked the region and toppled records for a second day as a ridge of high pressure spawned dry, warm and gusty Santa Ana winds.
Meteorologists say the winds are fading but red flag warnings for high fire danger due to the strong winds and very low relative humidity won’t be called off until 7 p.m.
Firefighters put out an early morning fire in Malibu before it could get out of hand.
A winter heat wave is setting temperature records as powerful winds bring increased fire danger to Southern California.
Forecasters say the hot, dry air could drop humidity levels into the single digits in parts of greater Los Angeles.
A high of 89 degrees Sunday at Long Beach Airport south of LA broke the previous record of 88 set in 1976. The National Weather Service says temperatures will stay hot through Monday.
Red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions are in place in mountains and foothills down to San Diego and across the inland counties.
Fire officials have deployed additional resources to be able to respond quickly in case blazes break out. Firefighters made quick work of a small brush fire that briefly threatened homes before dawn in Malibu.