Southern Californians can expect dry conditions and above-average heat this week as a stubborn high-pressure system continues to block the heavily anticipated El Niño rainstorms that weather officials warned of over the winter.

From Monday to Wednesday, coastal temperatures in Los Angeles County will hover in the low- to mid-70s and low- to mid-80s downtown and inland, according to meteorologist David Sweet of the National Weather Service.

Though temperatures will cool slightly over the weekend, there is no rain in the forecast for at least the next 10 days, Sweet said. Though experts predicted that the Pacific warming phenomenon known as El Niño could bring consecutive downpours to Southern California between January and March — now some say as late as April — nothing of the sort has occurred since the first week of the year. READ MORE