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SCV Basks in Warm Weather

Posted: February 13, 2008 2:50 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2008 5:00 a.m.

College of the Canyon student Chanel Williams soaks up the sun between classes on campus Tuesday afternoon.

While other parts of the country were enduring a sub-zero deep freeze, the recently rain-sodden Santa Clarita Valley has enjoyed a welcome multi-day dose of sunshine and summer-like temperatures.

However, a cool-down is under way, which will bring temperatures back in line with seasonal averages, forecasters said Tuesday.
Bikers, hikers, and sunbathers crowded area parks and trails Tuesday, grabbing the chance to stretch their muscles and work on their tans while the weather lasted.
Daytime high temperatures at the Newhall weather station hovered around 74 degrees from Friday through Tuesday, with some areas of the SCV hitting almost 80, according to Jim Ashby, climatologist at the Western Regional Climate Center in Reno, Nevada.
Though the average February temperature in the SCV is 61 degrees, Ashby said that it is fairly normal to have a mid-winter heat wave with temperatures in the 80s or even 90s.
In February last year there were 12 days during which temperatures nudged over 70, but a couple of years earlier there were none. Ashby said that over the last 10 years, the average length of a winter heat wave was five days.
The mild weather offered a nice break from the last few weeks of downpours, which caused roadways to flood and sparked fears of landslides, especially in the fire-ravaged areas.
At College of the Canyons, people were sprawled on lawns and at picnic tables Tuesday, napping and studying in the sun.
"It's so nice," cooed student Chanel Williams.
Despite the seemingly endless rain of the last two months, no precipitation records have been broken this year in the SCV. The valley has seen slightly more than 16 inches of rain since the rainfall season began in August, which fits closely with the seasonal norm of 18.1 inches.
And if tradition has its way, famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow last week as a signal of several more weeks of winter.
Today the mercury is expected to dip back into the mid to upper 60s by day, and the mid to upper 40s at night.
Thursday through Monday should see more of the same, with daytime temperatures ranging from the upper 50s to the upper 60s, and a period of gusty winds expected from late morning through early afternoon Thursday.


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