March Heat Shatters Records in Bone-Dry Los Angeles

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Angela Robles, 3, enjoys a water shooting fountain at Victoria Gardens on a hot afternoon in Rancho Cucamonga. (Credit: Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times)

A series of heat waves this month — including a brief one one that ended Friday — brought a grim new distinction to hot, dry Los Angeles.

This is the first March since record-keeping began in 1877 that has had six days with highs in the 90s or above in Los Angeles. That shattered the record set in 1977, when there were three days of highs in the 90s.

Overall, temperatures are warmer, and the trend is expected to continue for the next three months.

“This type of weather is very unusual,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

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