Colder temperatures to give way to warm Christmas Day in SoCal

Winter chills are expected to sweep over Southern California through Wednesday, but will give way to an unseasonably warm Christmas Day, official forecasts say.

Shorts may be ok for weekend holiday events.

Temperatures will gradually warm up this week and should be 10 degrees warmer by Christmas Day, according to meteorologist David Sweet of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

“Santa will have to make other plans for the sleigh arrival,” Sweet said. “It’s going to be pleasantly warm.”

But before the heat hits, overnight lows in Antelope Valley will dip into the high 20s and low 30s on Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures will reach the mid-40s overnight near downtown Los Angeles and the mid-to-high 60s during the day, according to the National Weather Service.

A cold-weather alert is in effect for several areas of LA County through midweek, including Mt. Wilson and the Santa Clarita Valley through Tuesday and Lancaster through Wednesday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Those braving the cold nights should dress in layers and check on family members or neighbors with limited mobility and access to warmth.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has a winter shelter program in place for people who need shelter. Information about the service can be found at lahsa.org/winter-shelter or by calling 211 from any landline or mobile phone. Individuals wishing to participate in the Winter Protection program must be 18 years of age and affected by homelessness. Pets and emotional support animals are welcome, and many county animal shelters offer three meals a day, officials said.

People caught in the cold can feel especially overlooked during the holidays, said Lorena Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Downtown Women’s Center.

“Whether you’re homeless or not, the holidays are a difficult time for all of us,” Sanchez said.

Making the smallest gesture to someone living on the street can go a long way, including just making eye contact and acknowledging that person, Sanchez said.

In response to the winter cold, the Downtown Women’s Center has extended hours at its day care center for residents of Skid Row in downtown LA. The center distributed sleeping bags and tents to those who cannot secure a spare bed at this time of year, even amidst collecting winter coats, scarves and other essentials.

“We’re in dire need of coats this time of year,” Sanchez said.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-12-19/weather-colder-temperatures-los-angeles Colder temperatures to give way to warm Christmas Day in SoCal

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