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L.A. bucks trend for warmest March on record in much of nation

April 9, 2012 |  9:50 am

Elysian Park in March

For much of the country, this past March was the hottest on record with summer-like temperatures in much of the Midwest and on the East Coast. In Los Angeles, however, March was as cool as usual.

Dozens of cities across at least 26 states netted record highs for average daily temperatures in the month, including Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit and St. Louis, according to Accuweather.com.

Like much of California, Los Angeles hung around its normal average temperature for the month, experts said. Los Angeles stayed around a 57-degree average, said Tom Kines, a meteorologist at Accuweather.com.

Kines said April should also be warmer than usual, mainly in the Midwest, but will likely not break as many records. Los Angeles is expected to average about 59 degrees in April.

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Photo: Ryan Cassell, 35, and his dog Penny walk along a fire road as a spring storm passes overhead in Elysian Park in Los Angeles on March 22. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

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