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Central and Southern California winter heat wave sets record highs in the 80s


LOS ANGELES — A Central and Southern California heat wave has set records with highs topping 80 degrees in the dead of winter.

The National Weather Service says Santa Maria's airport recorded a maximum temperature of 82 on Tuesday — two degrees above records for the day set in 1962 and 1918.

Santa Barbara's airport also had 82 degrees, well above the 78 recorded in 1964.

Highs in the low to mid-80s set or tied records in Camarillo, in Burbank and at UCLA.

In San Diego County, Escondido's 87 beat the 86 recorded in 1969 and Alpine topped a 1969 record with a high of 82.

The weather service says the heat will continue through Wednesday but cooler conditions beginning Friday could drop some areas into the 60s over the weekend.

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