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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California is getting a much needed dose of cooler temperatures after two days of record breaking heat.

David Sweet, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Sunday that the thermometer will fall back to seasonal temperatures in the 80s in a cooling trend that is expected to continue into the week.

An area of high pressure that hovered over the region Friday and Saturday caused the mercury to soar.

Saturday’s high of 103 degrees in downtown Los Angeles broke the previous record of 102 degrees set in 1979. Long Beach also posted a record high of 103 degrees on Saturday as did Santa Monica, with 87 degrees.

Beaches and highways leading to them were jammed throughout the weekend with inland and urban dwellers seek ocean breezes.

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