February's almost over, and so far the average daily temperature in Los Angeles for the month has been 65 degrees. That might not sound super warm, but it is very close to the record-holder, February 1995, when the average day was 65.3 degrees. (In addition to the record-holder, only three other Februaries in the last 95 years have pushed past 64 degrees.) With forecasts predicting an average 69.1 degrees from now until the first day of March, it looks like this month is on track to be the new hottest ever February, says the Daily Breeze.
Warmer through Tuesday. Here's a look at near record high temps for Tuesday. #LAHeat #CAwx pic.twitter.com/qSJvkHf1Ce— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) February 21, 2016
So, we didn't just have a heatwave, then. It's been a whole darn month of definitely not needing a sweater and it's going to end as it began: warm. The reason for the heat, a National Weather Service rep tells the DB, is that there have been a handful of high-pressure ridges that have helped get the mercury rising to record-setting levels. Meanwhile, those promised El Niño storms have yet to materialize, and despite experts saying we still might see some of its rainy action, a sunny, warm February makes it harder and harder to keep the faith.
Hard for storms to move through California with amplified ridge pattern into the Gulf of Alaksa. #ElNino #LAweather pic.twitter.com/2nfWZyIrbx— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) February 23, 2016