SoCal gets record-breaking heat as El Niño hits farther North than expected

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California Gets Record-Breaking Heat As El Nino Hits Farther North

(KTLA) Record-breaking heat was felt across drought-stricken Southern California Tuesday, as El Niño's weather pattern effected the northern part of state more than previously expected.

Although a red flag warning was allowed to expire Monday evening, the risk of fire continued in the L.A. area Tuesday due to gusty offshore winds and hot, dry weather, according to the National Weather Service.

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Unseasonably warm temperatures with record-breaking potential were expected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Tuesday.

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SoCal gets record-breaking heat as El Niño hits farther North than expected
FOUNTAIN VALLEY,CA., FEBRUARY 9, 2016: Joggers stride past a public service message posted along Warner Avenue in Fountain Valley, reminding people to prepare for El Nino, even though it seems like the weather phenom has left Southern California behind with temperatures in the 90's February 9, 2016 (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MALIBU, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 8, 2016: Three young girls let there feet hang from a lifeguard tower along PCH in Malibu during a hot winter day. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MALIBU, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 8, 2016: Dan Charcoal, who is from Mauai vactioning golfs on Zuma Beach during a hot winter day. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
FOUNTAIN VALLEY,CA., FEBRUARY 9, 2016: Joggers stride past a public service message posted along Warner Avenue in Fountain Valley, reminding people to prepare for El Nino, even though it seems like the weather phenom has left Southern California behind with temperatures in the 90's February 9, 2016 (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Joe Carrillo tries his catch and release fly fishing at the Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Gusty Santa Ana winds blew through mountains and valleys of Southern California again Monday, raising temperatures well above winter levels and increasing the risk of wildfires as humidity levels fell. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Students run laps around the Echo Park Lake in Los Angeles Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Gusty Santa Ana winds blew through mountains and valleys of Southern California again Monday, raising temperatures well above winter levels and increasing the risk of wildfires as humidity levels fell (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
FOUNTAIN VALLEY,CA., FEBRUARY 9, 2016: Homeless for the past 25-years, Nancy Wood uses an umbrella to shade herself from the 90-degree heat in Fountain Valley's Mile Square Park, February 9, 2016 (Photo by Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
MALIBU, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 8, 2016: Dan Charcoal, who is from Mauai vactioning golfs on Zuma Beach during a hot winter day. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
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Highs will peak in the 80s to lower 90s Tuesday, and taper off slightly Wednesday, according to the weather service.

As of Tuesday afternoon, several records had been broken or tied:

  • Downtown L.A. reached a high of 87 degrees, beating the 2006 record of 85 degrees
  • Long Beach hit 88 degrees, breaking 1991's 86-degree record
  • The Los Angeles International Airport reached 87 degrees, beating the 2006 record of 85 degrees; the airport reached 89 degrees Monday, also breaking the previous 1996 record of 87 degrees for that day
  • Camarillo reached 89 degrees, beating the 88-degree record in 2006
  • Santa Barbara tied the 2006 record of 81 degrees

Elevated temperatures on Tuesday, matched with "very dry conditions," diminishing offshore winds that could include northeast gusts of 30 to 45 mph in the mountain and valley areas, and low humidity of 8 to 15 percent, increased fire danger, according to the weather service.

The warning came days after a small brush fire threatened homes in Camarillo.

Although firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze before homes were damaged, firefighters warned people to be fire ready.

The unseasonably warm temperatures occurred a week after a strong storm caused flooding in parts of Southern California — causing confusion among some as to whether El Niño had already came and went.

In the fall, forecasters predicted the chances for above-average rainfall was higher for the lower half of the state, the Los Angeles Times reports.

But the opposite came to fruition, with downtown L.A. reporting below-average rainfall and the Sierra Nevada's snowpack being 105 percent of normal.

The potential for "significant stormy patterns" remained, according to the weather service, but we may have to wait a couple weeks.

"The probability is greatest for wetter conditions than normal for, really, a good portion of California along the coast and down into the deserts," between Feb. 20 and March 4, the weather service stated Monday.

Until then, officials say the increased snowpack is good news for drought-depleted reservoirs, but in areas where temperatures are heating up, the snow is melting and turning into ice.

In Mount Baldy, treacherous-in-winter trails were closed due to "severe risk of injury," the Angeles National Forest announced Monday

"The warm weather is melting the snow and it freezes at night," Angeles National Forest spokeswoman Sherry Rollman told the Times.

The closure occurred two days after a couple lost their footing on ice, leading to the man's death.

And one week ago, another man died after slipping, although officials did not confirm whether or not ice had prompted the fall.

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