COSTA MESA — Temperatures soared across Orange County on Monday with promises of cooler days — but a dryer-than-usual winter — in the weeks to come.
A "La Niña" weather pattern, characterized by unusually warmer Pacific Ocean waters as opposed to the cooler waters associated with "El Niño," is the cause of unusual summer-like temperatures, according to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center.
According to the prediction: "Nearly all models predict La Niña to continue at least through early 2011. However, the models continue to disagree on the eventual strength of La Niña."
Orange County residents and the rest of the Southwest Pacific region can likely expect to see less rainfall than usual this winter, according to the prediction.
With temperatures climbing to 107 degrees on Monday, it looks as if the predictions may prove accurate.
The last time the September weather was so hot — also 107 degrees — was in 1963, according to the National Weather Channel's temperature records taken at John Wayne Airport.