The thermometer reached 80 degrees at the Santa Barbara Airport on Tuesday afternoon, tying a 45-year-old record for the date.
The high temperature for the day, reached at 2:33 p.m., matched the mark set in 1975, according to the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
The normal high temperature for Dec. 8 in Santa Barbara is 64.
Cooler temperatures are expected through the end of the week, with highs around 70 on Wednesday, and in the low-60s on Thursday and Friday.
Mostly sunny skies are in the forecast into early next week, with no rainfall in sight.
Overnight lows should be in the low-40s through the period.
A High Surf Advisory will remain in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday, with waves of 5 feet to 8 feet along the county’s South Coast beaches.
“Surf will be highest on beaches with some westerly exposure, such as Rincon Point,” forecasters said.
Click here for the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.
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