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Yes. It's been a hot month. We can prove it!

October 27, 2008 |  7:03 pm

No. You are not the only one. Everyone (including exhausted firefighters) seems to think this has been an especially hot October. And The Times' Hector Becerra now has scientific proof:

"It's the summer we never had," said William Patzert, a climatologist for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge. The average daytime temperature in downtown Los Angeles this month has been 84.3 degrees, he said. The warmest October to date was in 1965, when the average daytime temperature was 84.5 degrees. September's average high temperature was 83.2 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. "In September we only had two days over 90," Patzert said. The warmest October in Los Angeles' recorded history -- an average of 84.5 degrees -- was 1965, when Southern California was blasted by hot, dry Santa Ana winds.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times