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The Hollywood Sign through a heatwave haze
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Jeremy MilesThe Hollywood Sign through a heatwave haze

February was the hottest on record in LA, and El Niño is finally arriving

Written by
Kate Wertheimer

We expected lots of rain this season, but instead we've been hit with the hottest February on record in Los Angeles. At an average high of 77.5 degrees, this February beat the previous record (which was back in 1954) by almost two degrees. Remember when you spent President's Day weekend at the beach? Record heat spell, friends.

Despite El Niño's reluctance to appear, this February is only LA's 37th driest on record, according to a recent article in the LA Times. Seven Februarys on record saw no rainfall at all (yikes!), the most recent in 1984. That being said, we're mired in a four-year long major drought, so we'll take all the rain we can get.

And get it we might: According to a recent blog post from Southern California Weather Source, numerous storm systems will be moving through Southern California this weekend and into next week. There's great potential for thunderstorms (along with wind and tornado risk), and, subsequently, flooding. March 2016 is looking to be above average in terms of precipitation, so keep your fingers crossed that El Niño is finally coming to town—and plan accordingly.

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