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A swing to sunny skies

Weather: Just two weeks after 2 inches of snow, Santa Clarita Valley basks in heat

Posted: January 17, 2011 10:31 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2011 4:55 a.m.

From left, Carole McIntosh, 22; Michael Cutler, 27; and D. Adam Estner, 32, swing into the air in the Dive Devil attraction at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia on Monday. After substantial snowfall earlier in the month, warm weather returns to the Santa Clarita Valley.

Just when you dig through the closet to find your hat and mittens so you can make another snowman, it’s time to find your shorts and sunglasses.

A freak hot spell on the heels of a once-in-a-lifetime snowfall in the Santa Clarita Valley is sending scores of people outside.

Weather experts say we’ll have sunny, warm weather right through until the weekend.

“Just think, we were sledding two weeks ago and now we’re sweating at the park,” said Hilary Balha, mother of two,
at Valencia Glen Park on Monday.

That morning, Balha received a call from her friend, Melissa Marino, mother of three.

“I said ‘It’s so beautiful outside we can’t waste the day.’ So we left the housekeeping and laundry for three kids, two adults and a dog,” Marino said.

Those who enjoyed the 85-degree summer weather in the middle of winter were their children: Balha’s son Everett, 4, and daughter Allyanna, 2, and Marino’s 5-year-old daughter Tiffany, 2-year-old son Logan and 8-month-old Fiona.

“It is just gorgeous out,” said Hilary Balha, who grew up in California. “It’s so unusual for winter when two weeks ago we had snow.”

The kids began their new year sledding in the Balhas’ backyard in Placerita Canyon.

Santa Clarita Valley was blanketed with snow on Jan. 3, prompting many to build snowmen, throw snowballs and catch snowflakes on their tongues.

The only adverse type of weather predicted for the next week is increased breezes expected by the weekend.

National Weather Service officials are calling for sunny, clear skies right through to Friday with highs of 75 degrees today and in the mid-60s each day after that.

They’re using only one other word in their forecast this week: breezy.

Winds are expected to range from 10 to 20 miles per hour today and each day this week.

“We’re experiencing unusual seasonal offshore winds,” said Stuart Seto, of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The winds are hot and emerge through the mountains around the Santa Clarita Valley. They are not considered Santa Ana winds, the legendary wind patterns in Southern California, he said.

Temperatures will cool a little by mid-week, with temperatures expected to be as high as 69 degrees, Seto said.

But for now, “We’re staying pretty much above the normal temperatures for this time of year,” he said.


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