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This Fall's Warm Weather Broke Records In Southern California

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If you feel like you mostly spent Autumn sweating in front of a fan or A/C unit, you weren't alone. This year's fall weather broke records throughout Southern California, with temperatures being among the warmest, if not the warmest in recorded history in different locations.

The National Weather Service (NWS) took a look at the average fall temperatures this year in different meteorological locations, and found several locations beat records, according to City News Service. In areas like Long Beach, Burbank, Van Nuys and Woodland Hills, temperatures averaged in the low 70s, beating records set in years from 1958 to 2014. In downtown Los Angeles, there was a tie at 72.3 degrees for warmest weather in 1983. And it was the second warmest in Van Nuys at 72.1 this year, compared to 72.2 in 2014.

Even though our weather set records this year, it actually gets hot every fall, and usually cools down around Halloween. It's part of an annual phenomenon called "compressional heating," which is caused by Pacific Northwest storms that move through mountain ranges, leaving cool air that travels at a fast speed, causing hot wind that make its way to Southern California.