First 6 Months of 2014 Were Hottest on Record for California

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File photo: hot weather in Southern California

The first six months of 2014 were the hottest ever in California, according to the National Weather Service.

The period was nearly 5 degrees warmer than the 20th century average and more than a degree hotter than the record set in 1934, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

The first half of the year was the second warmest on average in Los Angeles in the last 70 years, with an average temperature just above 63 degrees.

Northern California cities, including San Francisco and Sacramento, experienced the warmest six months ever, NOAA reported.

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