Lonely Planet Writer

Heatwave breaks records in Southern California

It might be February and much of the US might be shivering in typical mid-winter weather, but Southern California has been basking in an atypical heatwave that has seen temperatures soar.

Palm trees in sunny Santa Barbara, California.
Palm trees in sunny Santa Barbara, California. Image by Jeff Turner / CC BY 2.0

The Santa Ana winds are the reason for the warm weather, allowing temperatures to hit 89 Fahrenheit (31 Celsius) in Downtown Los Angeles, and even higher in Long Beach where the thermometer topped out at 92 Fahrenheit (32 Celsius). The well above average heat is expected to continue until the weekend when cloudier weather will bring lower temperatures.

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