The mercury reading topped out at 87 degrees in Santa Maria on Tuesday - SHATTERING THE PREVIOUS RECORD for Jan. 13 and SETTING A NEW MARK FOR ANY DAY IN JANUARY. The previous daily record for Jan. 13. was 78 degrees, set in 1948, and the record for January was 86, recorded on Jan. 19, 1976. In Lompoc, the temperature reached a high of 81 degrees - 15 degrees above normal. More days of low 80s to high 70s are forecast through the weekend on the Central Coast, as unseasonably warm weather has brought TEMPERATURES THAT ARE MORE COMMON IN JULY THAN IN JANUARY. The winter heat wave is being caused by a strong, high pressure system over the Nevada area, which is circulating warm, dry air toward Southern California and the Central Coast.
Adapting to the damaging effects of climate change, plants are gradually moving to where temperatures are cooler, rainfall is greater, f...