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(dailynews.com) Record-setting warm weather continued in Southern California on Sunday, especially in the deserts, and temperatures should stay well above average across the region all week.

Weak Santa Ana winds Tuesday night through Thursday could increase the wildfire risk in the mountains and valleys, the National Weather Service warned, while the immediate coast could get some low clouds or fog in the mornings and nights at the start and end of the workweek.

Five locations set — or shattered — records for Feb. 4:

  • Thermal in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County was 93 degrees (old record of 89 was set in 1950 and matched in 2001); this was the warmest location in the country Sunday
  • Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County was 89 degrees (old record of 88 was set in 1995)
  • Borrego in the San Diego County desert was 87 degrees (old record of 86 was set in 1942 and matched in 1991)
  • Sandberg in the High Desert of Los Angeles County was 82 (old record of 74 was set in 2015); this is also a record for any day in February (old record of 78 was set Feb. 13, 2015)
  • Palmdale Regional Airport in the High Desert of Los Angeles County was 77 degrees (old record of 76 was set in 2015)

Four other locations tied records:

  • Needles in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County was 84 degrees (ties record set in 1935)
  • Ramona in northern San Diego County was 84 degrees (ties record set in 1974 and matched in 2007)
  • Barstow-Daggett Airport in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County was 78 degrees (ties record set in 2006)
  • Lancaster in the High Desert of Los Angeles County was 76 degrees (ties record set in 2015)

On Monday and Tuesday, temperatures should be in the mid-70s to low 80s in most non-coastal areas of Southern California — at least 10 degrees warmer than average for this time of year — according to the weather service; Orange County beaches should expect highs in the 60s.

Highs should rise a few degrees Wednesday and Thursday, into the upper 70s to mid-80s inland and low to mid-70s at the coasts, with the arrival of the weak Santa Ana winds.

Then they should dip back down Friday and again Saturday, with next weekend currently expected to see highs in the low to mid-70s inland and 60s at the beaches.

Forecasters have been talking about the possibility of light precipitation next weekend or early the following week, but at this point they’re deeming it unlikely.