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Gusty Santa Ana winds blow into Southern California, bring near-record temps

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LOS ANGELES — 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 soared 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. The 81 degrees recorded at the University of California, Los Angeles, tied the record set in 1989.

PHOTO: This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM EST shows a storm system moving into the Pacific Northwest, has it moves over a ridge of High pressure. Underneath the ridge is clear skies with calm weather, stretching from California to the Desert Southwest.The Eastern Rockies are experiencing snow showers from a developing storm system in the Mid-West.  (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM EST shows a storm system moving into the Pacific Northwest, has it moves over a ridge of High pressure. Underneath the ridge is clear skies with calm weather, stretching from California to the Desert Southwest.The Eastern Rockies are experiencing snow showers from a developing storm system in the Mid-West. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)

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.

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