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Temperature records set as region bakes in 90-degree weather

November 5, 2012 |  6:13 pm

Record-high temperatures for the day were tied or broken Monday across Southern California as the region baked in summer-like heat that is expected to last one more day.

Downtown Los Angeles topped out at 94 degrees, tying a record set in 1898, the National Weather Service said. 

Long Beach Airport recorded 93 degrees, breaking by three degrees a record that was set in 1976. Los Angeles International Airport reached 91 degrees, tying a record set in 1976. 

In Santa Barbara County, Santa Maria Airport recorded a high of 94 degrees. That broke a record of 92 degrees set in 1949, according to the Weather Service. Santa Barbara Airport also hit 94 degrees, topping the 87-degree record set in 1976.

In the Inland Empire, Riverside hit 95 degrees, which tied a record dating to 1988.

The warm weather was being caused by high pressure over the Great Basin, which was creating offshore winds, the Weather Service said. Above-normal temperatures were expected to continue on Tuesday before cooler ocean breezes start blowing.


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Photo: Jose Gomez keeps cool as he repairs sprinklers in Balboa Park on Monday. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times