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Brrrr: Record cold temperatures set in L.A. on Monday morning

January 14, 2013 |  8:10 am

Temperatures in downtown Los Angeles dropped to their coldest point in 23 years Monday morning, hitting 34 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, setting a record low for the date.

If you thought it was especially cold heading to work Monday morning, you're right. At 7 a.m., the temperature was still at 34. The high is expected to hit 56.

Temperatures dropped even lower elsewhere, hitting 31 in Redondo Beach, 29 in Claremont and 14 in Lancaster.

Temperatures are expected to begin warming Monday night, with the low dipping to 40 downtown. The high is expected to hit 62 degrees Tuesday.

The chilly temperatures are the result of a cold air mass that came in last week from Canada, which combined with high pressure in the Pacific and low pressure toward Arizona, creating clear, cold nights and dry air, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the weather service.

A number of record lows have been set in the past few days in Southern California, including Sunday's low of 35 downtown and 33 degrees at Camarillo Airport, which tied the record.

The last time temperatures dropped to freezing downtown was Jan. 29, 1979. The lowest temperature recorded downtown was 28 degrees, most recently on Jan. 4, 1949.

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