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Los Angeles hits 80 F for first time since mid-November; warmth to fade to rain by Wednesday

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
March 18, 2019, 2:22:26 AM EDT

After not hitting the 70-degree Fahrenheit mark in February for the first time on record, another temperature phenomenon has occurred in Los Angeles.

For the first time since Nov. 15, temperatures in downtown Los Angeles reached 80 degrees.

"A pleasant weekend graced California after what has been a wet, drought-ending winter season," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

This milestone was long overdue, as the average date of the first 80-degree day is Jan. 28. The latest date that the city saw their first 80-degree day was April 15, set exactly 100 years ago.

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The warmth is expected to hold through Monday before the dry pattern comes to an abrupt end.

"Another round of wet weather will set its sights on the state around Tuesday night to Wednesday, along with cooler air," Rathbun said.

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Noticeable cooling will first occur along the coast on Tuesday before the entire state notices a downward turn in temperatures on the first day of spring.

Highs on Wednesday should largely be in the 50s and 60s in the lower elevations with only the lower deserts set to register highs in the 70s.

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The rain will help California to pull even further out of drought, which recently came to an end after more than seven years.

In the Sierra, another round of snow and travel disruptions are expected to plague motorists at midweek. This includes those planning to travel through Interstate 80's Donner Summit.

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