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This February Is On Track To Be The Warmest One On Record

Mother and son watch for sailboats on Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California. Taken February 25, 2016. (Photo by Justin Leibow, via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Man, it's a hot one.With the weather being pretty balmy in Los Angeles, February is on track to being the hottest one on record in Southern California. According to the National Weather Service, the current record-holder is February of 1995, with an average temperature of 65.3 degrees. The first 25 days of this past month had an average temperature of 64.9 degrees, and this past weekend of warm weather plus the extra Leap Year day could help push February 2016 to the top of the leaderboard. According to the Daily News, only three Februaries in the past 95 years of record-keeping have had average temps go past 64 degrees.

This past month saw a pretty intense heatwave that gave L.A. some bonus beach days in the middle of winter, and also helped us to beat some daily records. On February 16, downtown recorded a high of 90 degrees. 90!

Meteorologists say a high pressure system has been keeping us pretty warm and dry, but it's starting to break up and the El Niño rains that we've been hyped on for so long will be on their way in mid-March. "It's not that unusual to see a warm period in the middle of our winter," Eric Boldt of the National Weather Service told KPCC. "We could be getting into a better pattern of rain in Southern California coming up."

Hopefully that will be the case, otherwise it's back to another year of the drought for California.